The main purpose of this lesson is to teach students to
identify some of the different characteristics of poetry. The characteristics
that they will be learning will be rhythm, rhyme, and alliteration.
Students will gain a better appreciation of poetry by understanding their
Subject: Language Arts
Grade Level: Second Grade
Student Lesson name and URL: http://ctap295.ctaponline.org/~lpadilla/student/
3.4 Identify the use of rhythm, rhyme, and alliteration in poetry.
1.3 Understand the purposes of various reference materials (e.g., dictionary,
1. Students will be able to identify evidence of rhythm, rhyme, and
alliteration in poetry.
2. Students will be
able to use reference materials to help them write their own poems.
Students will be exposed to a wide variety
poetry for at least a week. Their exposure may come by their teacher
reading aloud to them and during independent reading time. With a
PowerPoint presentation students will be taught the special features of poetry
that include rhythm, rhyme, and alliteration and the purpose of these
features. During this presentation, students will also be able to enjoy
more poetry via the internet. Students will also be given the opportunity
to go online to learn more about poetry from Jack Prelutsky and Kristine O'Connell
George. To conclude the lesson, the students will be
given the opportunity to write their own poems with the option of having them
published on the internet.
1. Determine students' prior knowledge on poetry using a KWL chart.
2. Read aloud poetry to students using children's poetry books.
3. Make children's poetry books and websites available during independent reading
1. Use the Poetry PowerPoint presentation to demonstrate to students evidence of
rhythm, rhyme, alliteration in poetry.
2. Teach students the purpose of these features.
3. Provide students the opportunity to go to the internet and read children's
poetry. Have them take turns with a partner identifying evidence of
rhythm, rhyme, and alliteration.
4. Students will complete a graphic organizer that will display their
ability to identify evidence of rhythm, rhyme, and alliteration in poems.
5. Students will complete activities that will guide them in creating word
lists for writing poems with both alliteration and rhyme.
6. Students will be taught how to use reference materials that will
benefit them when writing their poems such as the dictionary, thesaurus, and a
1. Students will write their own poems.
2. The poems from the class will be published. This could be on a poetry
website, school website, class books, bulletin board, etc.
Identification Test Results
Student Poems Rubric Results
Resources & Supplementary Materials
Poetry KWL Graphic
Walking the Bridge of Your Nose...Wordplay, Poems, & Rhymes selected
by Michael Rosen
Good Books, Good Times! selected by Lee Bennet Hopkins
Little Dog Poems by Kristine
Falling Up or other poetry books by
Chanting Rhymes by John Foster
Dr. Seuss Books
Jack Prelutsky and Kristine O'Connell George
Books Listed Above
Easy Poetry Lessons That Dazzle and Delight by
Easy Rhymes & Hard
Lost Poem Activity
Alliteration & Rhyme
How to Write a Poem by
Teacher Created Materials Inc.
The Thesaurus for Kids by Evelyn Pesiri
The Scholastic Rhyming Dictionary by Sue Young
The Scholastic Children's Dictionary by Scholastic