Grade Five Pull-Out EXCEL Program
Unit Overview

Unit Aim:
To understand and appreciate the process of examining and creating poetry.

Lesson #1: The Important Thing About Me Poem
Lesson #2: Introduction to Basic Forms and Elements of Poetry
Lesson #3: Acrostic Poetry
Lesson #4: Diamonte Poetry
Lesson #5: What Is A Euphemism?
Lesson #6: Cinquains
Lesson #7: Haiku
Lesson #8: Couplets
Lesson #9: Sonnets
Lesson #10: Rap: Poetry and Music
Lesson #11: Hyperbole
Lesson #12: Imagery
Lesson #13: Shape Poetry (Concrete Poems)
Lesson #14: Emotional Force
Lesson #15: Rhyme and Sound
Lesson #16: Onomatopoeia
Lesson #17: Personification and Alliteration
Lesson #18: Similes and Metaphors
Lesson #19: Figurative Language: Compare and Contrast
Lesson #20: History of Transcendentalism
Lesson #21: Thoreau and Other Transcendentalists
Lesson #22: Creating Transcendentalist Poetry
Lesson #23: Poet Laureates
Lesson #24: Inflection, Intonation and Projection

Culminating Experience: Poetry Reading, “Transcending Intellect Through Music and Poetry”

In addition to the formal lesson plans of this poetry unit, each class begins with a “poetry push-off”. The poem may be shared in the following forums: (1) writing a poem on the board, (2) displaying a poem on the overhead projector, (3) reading a poem aloud, or (4) distributing a poem handout. After the poem has been shared, the students will either have a brief discussion about the poem, or write a reflection or poem inspired by the poem just shared. 

The “poetry push-off” poems may come from (but are not limited to) the following sources:

Swimming Upstream Middle School Poems by Kristine O’Connell George
Journey through Heartsongs by Mattie J.T. Stephanek
Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle…and Other Modern Verse compiled by Stephen Dunning, Edward Lueders, Hugh Smith
Poetry for Young People Emily Dickinson
Poetry for Young People Robert Frost
“Rope Rhyme” by Eloise Greenfield from Honey, I Love and Other Poems
“Mud” by Valerie Worth from All the Small Poems and Fourteen More
“Peach” by Rose Rauter from A Child’s Introduction to Poetry
“Umbrella” by Valerie Worth from Peacock and Other Poems
“Snowfall” by Deborah Chandra from Balloons and Other Poems
“Listening to Grownups Quarreling” by Ruth Whitman from The Marriage Wig and Other Poems