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8th grade poetry

Life Skills:

  • Aesthetics
  • Thinking & Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Character

Curriculum Tie:

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

Group Size:


Students will be creating a variety of poetry as well as analyzing poetry. They will work with Language standards and take a performance assessment at the end of the unit.

Main Curriculum Tie:
English Language Arts Grade 8Reading: Literature Standard 4
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

Career Connections:

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

It would be very helpful to have access to a computer lab or an LCD projector. Students can complete most of the assignments without them, but students do need computer time to fulfill the standards.


Background For Teachers:
Teachers should have a basic knowledge of 8th grade grammar skills and how to teach modeling in the classroom. Students that are unfamiliar with publishing their work should be taught thoroughly how to accomplish this real world application.

Student Prior Knowledge:
Students should have a basic knowledge of poetry, analyzing texts with support, and grammar skills. They should know how to publish or be taught during this lesson.

Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to create and analyze various types of poetry. They will be able to share their works as well as critique others. They will also be completing an assessment at the end of the unit based on poetry and performance tasks.

Instructional Procedures:
I've attached each lesson plan. Five in total


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've attached the assessment as well as rubrics and answer key


Agaliarept777. “The Raven.” Simpsons Halloween Episode, 2011. Beare, Kenneth. “Participles.” New York:, 2012. Pg. 2 Behme, H. “The Raven.” 2007, 1. Collins, Billy. “Forgetfulness.”, 2012. Pg. 1 Harwood, Gwen. “A Game of Chess.” Patterns in Poetry, 2012. Pg. 3 Hillegass, Clifton Keith. “Quiz: Uses of the Comma.”, 2012.,articleId-251324.html. Pg. 8 Hillegass, Clifton Keith. “Quiz: Uses of the Dash.”, 2012.,articleId-251338.html. Pg. 6 Hillegass, Clifton Keith. “Quiz: Uses of an Ellipsis.”, 2012.,articleId-251349.html. Pg. 4 Hillegass, Clifton Keith. “Uses of the Comma.”, 2012.,articleId-251323.html. Pg. 7 Hillegass, Clifton Keith. “Uses of the Dash.”, 2012.,articleId-251337.html. Pg. 5 Hillegass, Clifton Keith. “Uses of an Ellipsis.”, 2012.,articleId-251348.html. Pg. 3 “Irish Literary Revival.” 6 June 2012. “Irish Nationalism.” 19 Aug 2012. Jackson, Deedra. “Aengus.” Encyclopedia Mythica from Encyclopedia Mythica Online. [Accessed August 27, 2012]. Sandburg, Carl. “Chicago (poem). 6 Mar 2012. Shakespeare, William. “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Sonnet 18.” Patterns in Poetry, 2012. Pg. 3 “To Infinitive and Beyond!”, 2002. Pg. 3 “Use of the Present and Past Participle.” San Mateo: IXL Learning, 2012. Pg. 2. "William Butler Yeats - Biography". 27 Aug 2012 Yeats, W.B. “The Song of Wandering Aengus.” An Anthology of Modern Verse. Ed. A. Methuen. London: Methuen & Co., 1921. 8th Grade Comprehensive Performance task. “SBAC English Language Arts Showcase Materials.” Jan 26 2012 Draft ETS.

Megan Hennessy

Created Date :
Aug 28 2012 15:51 PM