3. Student Learning Map

  • Topic:09: Poetry
  • Subject(s):English Language Arts
  • Days:15
  • Grade(s):4
Key Learning:

Poetry allows us to use figurative language, rhythm, and words to express our ideas and feelings.

Unit Essential Question(s):

How does poetry allow us to use language techniques, rhythm, and word choice to express ideas and feelings?


Characteristics of Poetry


Language Techniques in Poetry


Interpreting Poetry

Lesson Essential Question(s):

How do readers distinguish between genres and sub-genres of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama and media?

Lesson Essential Question(s):

How does a poet's perspective influence the text?


How does a reader identify a common main idea and theme between poems?


What connections can readers make to a poem and their personal experiences?


Writing Poetry

Lesson Essential Question(s):

How do writers create poems and song lyrics that employ figurative language and rhythm?


How do poets revise writing to create interest through varying language and word choice?

Lesson Essential Question(s):
Lesson Essential Question(s):

word choice



Additional Information:

Harcourt Trophies

  • Week 31, April 19 - 23, 2010, Lead the Way: New Lands - "I Have Heard of a Land" by Joyce Carol Thomas
  • Week 32, April 26 - 30, 2010, Teacher Discretion: Trade books relating to Poetry (rhythm and rhyme).
  • Week 33, May 3 - 7, 2010, Teacher Discretion: Trade books relating to Poetry (figurative language).
  • Resources:

    Vocabulary Report

    • rhythm -

      a recurring emphasis in the flow of spoken or written speech; beat; cadence

    • perspective -

      point of view; the way a person thinks, considers, or evalutes an idea story, or situation

    • figurative language -

      language enriched by word images and figures of speech

    • theme -

      underlying major idea in a story (good/evil, truth, loyalty)

    • word choice -

      words an author selects to create interest for a reader

    • personification -

      when animals, ideas, or things are represented as having human qualities

    • rhyme -

      identical or very similar recurring final sounds in words

    • onomatopoeia -

      words that represent sounds (buzz, ding, woof, purr)

    • form -

      the external features or configuration of a language unit

    • interpret -

      explain the meaning or significance of something

    • style -

      the characteristics of a work that reflect its author's distinctive way of thinking

    • simile -

      a comparison of two things using the words like or as

    • metaphor -

      a figure of speech in which a comparison is implied by analogy, but is not stated

    • symbolism -

      the use of one thing to suggest something else, specifically the use of symbols to represent abstract ideas in concrete ways (letters for sounds, numerals for number)

    • mood -

      the emotional state of mind expressed by an author or artist in his/her work