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7th grade poetry

Life Skills:

  • Aesthetics
  • Thinking & Reasoning
  • Character

Curriculum Tie:

Time Frame:
9 class periods that run 45 minutes each.

Group Size:


The 7th grade poetry unit gives an in depth approach to poetry involving the four strands within the core. I've included worksheets, rubrics, and answers keys where applicable. I have also used literature examples from the core.

Main Curriculum Tie:
English Language Arts Grade 7Reading: Literature Standard 7
Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film).

Career Connections:

  • Writer, journalism, interviewing clerk, data keyer/composing, child care, librarian, teacher, beautician

At various times during the unit, students will need a computer. Many of the projects, worksheets, and assignments can be done with just a paper and a pencil, but saving paper is always recommended. I've attached all worksheets and reading literature assignments.


Background For Teachers:
The teacher should have a basic understanding of poetry and the mechanics. If there's extra information that would help, then I've added along the way.

Student Prior Knowledge:
Students should know how to analyze a document in order to find the desired results and use evidence from texts to back up their reasoning. The should have a basic understanding of poetry and the mechanics as well as how to research on the internet.

Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to analyze literature as well as non-fiction texts and find answers using evidence from texts to back up their reasoning. Students will create as well as critique poetry. Students will follow grammatical components as well as learn from the Language strand within their grade. Students will be able to present their poetry to a partner as well as learn how to submit to a publisher.

Instructional Procedures:
I've attached the 5 lesson plans that complete this unit of study. Depending on computer access, this lesson could take anywhere from 1-2 weeks.


Strategies For Diverse Learners:
Grouping is always critical. Make sure that when students are diverse and have special needs diversify the group. Place some of the gifted students with those that are in need of assistance. Always make sure to follow IEP procedures if there are any writing or reading accommodations. Modeling is essential for a lot of these lessons. Write some of the poems yourself with the students to ensure understanding.

Students are always welcome to create another poem or a different type of poem. They could also look into more publishing opportunities. It would be fun for a student to find a published poet and bring them into the classroom to speak.

Assessment Plan:
I have attached the rubrics and the answer key for the assessment at the end. Please understand that the assessment is up for interpretation. Students may be able to explain their reasoning and back up their answer with evidence


Adams, John. “Letter on Thomas Jefferson.” Adams on Adams. Edited by Paul M. Zall. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2004 (1776). From chapter 6: “Declaring Independence 1775-1776 “American Civil War.” Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 2012. 7. “Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.” Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 2012. 4. Bildir, Hata. “The Road Not Taken.”, 2012. 3. Cavelos, Jeanne. “Punctuation 1: The Comma.” Manchester: Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust, 2002. 2. Cisneros, Sandra. “Eleven.” Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories. New York: Random House, 1991. (1991) Covert, Brenda B. “English Sonnet.” Nov. 18, 2011. 1. Dickinson, Emily. “Emily Dickinson's Collected Poems Summary and Analysis.”, 2012. 2. Dickinson, Emily. “The Railway Train.” The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Boston: Little, Brown, 1960. (1893): 3. Hanson, K. “Adjective Phrases.”, 2012. 3. Kaplan, Justin (1979). Walt Whitman: A Life. New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 309. ISBN 0-671-22542-1. Mallory, Kaye Mastin. “Adjective Phrases.”, 2012. 2. Mallory, Kaye Mastin. “Noun Clauses.”, 2012. 2. Navajo tradition. “Twelfth song of thunder.” The mountain chant: a Navajo ceremony. Forgotten books, 2008. (1887) Noyes, Alfred. “The Highwayman.” Paris:, 2011. 2. “O Captain! My Captain!” Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 2012.!_My_Captain! 3. Reef, Catherine (2002). Walt Whitman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 100. ISBN 0-618-24616-9. Shakespeare, William. “Shakespeare’s Sonnet VII.” Oxquarry Books Ltd, 2011. 2. Taylor, Mildred D. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. New York: Phyllis Fogelman Books, 1976. (1976) From Chapter 9 “The Highwayman Animated.” Britannica Dreams Productions, 2005. 2.

Megan Hennessy

Created Date :
Aug 15 2012 13:05 PM