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Alternative Energy Persuasive Essay


Ancient Civilizations Thematic Essay Unit


Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman


Class Calendar


"Charles" by Shirley Jackson Short Story


Mysteries of Harris Burdick


History of the English Language




NYS English Language Arts Exams Review


Painting Pictures with Poetry


SHEroes Memorable Women in History


Teacher Resources


Writer's Workshop




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Overview / How to Read a Poem / 4 Ways to Evaluate Poetry / Elements of Poetry /

Online Art Galleries / Student Handouts / Teacher Resources

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First, we will read a variety of poems and explore the elements of poetry.  The classroom will be transformed into an art gallery.  Your job is to write a mystery poem using various elements of poetry (metaphor, simile, personification, etc.) to describe your favorite work of art in the classroom art gallery.  Classmates will try to match your poem to a picture hanging in the gallery.



How to Read a Poem 

1st Read: read the poem for a general impression.

  1. What clues do you get from the title?

  2. Who is the speaker (narrator)?

2nd Read: pay more attention meaning.

  1. What words confuse you?

  2. Are there any footnotes?

3rd Read: read the poem aloud.

  1. Listen to the music: rhyme, pauses, changes in pattern.

  2. Poets strive for an original way to say something.  What is this poet saying?

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4 Ways to View Poetry


Is the poem restricted by a form or free verse?

sonnet, acrostic, couplets, limericks, diamante, free verse, etc.


What pictures is the poet painting in your mind?

metaphor, simile, personification, hyperbole



What is the meaning or story being expressed?

speaker, tone, ideas or story being told



 What do you hear when you read it aloud?

alliteration, consonance, repetition, pauses, rhyme, rhythm, etc.




Elements of Poetry


  • Acrostic (ReadWriteThink)
  • Couplets
  • Diamante (ReadWriteThink)
  • Epic
  • Free Verse
  • Haiku
  • Letter Poems (ReadWriteThink)
  • Limericks
  • Shape or Concrete (ReadWriteThink)


  • Speaker
  • Meaning
  • Tone
  • Word choice



  • Metaphor
  • Simile
  • Personification
  • Hyperbole


Music or Sounds

  • Alliteration (vowel sounds repeated)
  • Consonance (consonance sounds repeated)
  • Enjambment (run-on line)
  • End-Stop Line (line ends w/punctuation)
  • Onomatopoeia (words that make a sound)
  • Repetition
  • Rhyme
  • Rhythm


Painting Pictures with Words

Online Art Galleries

Guggenheim Museum: New York (go to the online collection)

Metropolitan Museum in New York

Metropolitan Museum in New York: Museum for Kids (For Kids to Try Right Now!)


Student Handouts


Teacher Resources

Teacher Created Materials


Web Resources



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