Best Practice/Strategy

Introduction to Poetry

Grade Levels

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Related Academic Standards


Introduction to reading poetry for meaning, mood and tone of the poet. Understanding poetry is related to working as a detective on a crime scene. Students are asked to discuss the key elements to solving a crime on a "detective" show including, who, what, where, when, why and how it is solved. Examples of key questions:

  • " Who enjoys these types of shows and/or books?"
  • " What are the different ways that the people, detectives solve crimes?"
  • "What do the detectives do at the crime scence?"
  • "Why are there so many of these types of show on TV?"
  • "What is so great about them?"
  • "Are they every frustrating? What about when you to to wait for the end"

Students are then exposed to the relationship between solving a crime and reading a poem. Including the concept that reading poetry is more difficult than reading a book. Poetry has to be read more than once to understand it. Students are also given the Parts of a poem: A Poem has:

  1. A subject ( Main Idea)
  2. An audience ( Reader or Listener)
  3. Specifics ( Details, images, meaningful words)
  4. Design
    • Shape
    • Style
    • Word Choice
  5. Work, time and Effort put into it.
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