Teacher Lesson Plan

Teacher Lesson Plan for Poetry

Educators are always looking for a new, innovative teacher lesson plan to teach their students poetry in the classroom. My Word Wizard has developed the following lesson plan to help teach poetry to kids.

Learning poetry at an early age can be beneficial to a child's development. Try teaching some of the ideas presented below and then have your students submit their own work to be shown on My Word Wizard! 

Learning Intention

To entertain and extend the student writer's imagination.

Success Criteria

  • Cultivate an appreciation for different genres of poetry
  • Develop skills in analyzing poetry
  • Recognize the influence of culture and experience on a poet's work 
  • Explore, recognize and use patterns in a variety of poem structures. 
  • Experiment with the effects created by words. 
  • Discover the quality of sounds produced by rhythm, rhyme, and alliteration.
  • Explore the use of similes, metaphors, and figurative language. 
  • Use poems you have read as models for your own writing.

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Poetry Vocabulary

One of the biggest points to emphasize when teaching poetry to students is to ensure they have a firm knowledge of basic poetry vocabulary.


Tells a story or describes a person or thing.  Has a regular rhyme pattern, very often having four lines per verse, with the 2nd and 4th lines rhyming. 

Free Verse:

Can be used to create an atmosphere and express mood or feeling.  Has an irregular rhythm.


A unit of verse consisting of words in a single row.


A verse of a poem.


A poem that has 14 lines and its usual rhyme scheme is ab-ba-ab-ba, followed by two or three other rhymes in the remaining six lines.


A division of a poem.

Poetry Lesson Plan Topics

Teaching Poetry to Children

Certificate Program

Contact our team of editors here to learn about our Certificate Program in Poetry tailored especially for students.

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Share Your Student's Poems and We'll Publish Them Online

Kindly fill in the form below, making sure to include all information in the required fields. We will get back to you if your submission is approved. Be sure to indicate whether you would like your name to appear with your work. You may choose a pen name if you wish, or you may choose to remain anonymous.

Please note that authors retain full copyrights to their work submitted through this form. Previously published pieces are welcome provided the author has the rights and necessary permissions to do so.

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