British Poetry
Age 11-13: Concept 2 - Semester 2: Unit 5

Learn about poetry from Britain in the modern era and how poets slowly broke away from highly structured poems to free-flowing ones. Use what you learn to write poems of your own, culminating in a book of your own poetry about your own era.


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 7th or 8th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the seventh grade.

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Rhythm and Meter
  • Lesson 2: Voice and Rhyme (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: Graphic Elements
  • Lesson 4: Figurative Language (2 Days)
  • Lesson 5: Allusions (3 Days)
  • Lesson 6: Tone
  • Lesson 7: Themes (2 Days)
  • Final Project: Autobiography of a Poet (3 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze how the author's choice and use of a genre shapes the meaning of the literary work. (Language Arts)
  • Analyze the importance of graphical elements (e.g., capital letters, line length, word position) on the meaning of a poem. (Language Arts)
  • Analyze what effect genre-specific characteristics have on the meaning of the work. (Language Arts)
  • Identify hyphens and dashes and use them correctly. (Language Arts)
  • Identify idioms, analogies, metaphors, and similes in prose and poetry. (Language Arts)
  • Read a variety of literature and other texts. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize and use commas in dialogue and after introductory words, phrases, and clauses. (Language Arts)
  • Understand, make inferences, and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of poetry and provide evidence from text to support understanding. (Language Arts)
  • Use colons after the salutation in business letters. (Language Arts)
  • Use correct capitalization, including in abbreviations and acronyms. (Language Arts)
  • Write a poem using figurative language including idioms, metaphors, similes, and personification. (Language Arts)
  • Write a poem using graphic elements (e.g., word position). (Language Arts)
  • Write a poem using poetic techniques such as rhyme scheme or meter. (Language Arts)
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