Age 9-11: Concept 1 - Relationships: Unit 1

Explore poetry and appreciate the language of this unique genre. Learn to use picturesque words to communicate. Analyze the effectiveness of figurative language and apply it to your own verse. Create a variety of poems to share with your friends and family as you host your own poetry reading.

This unit can be used independently, but it is also designed to be used concurrently with the science and social studies unit The Fifty States.


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 5th or 6th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Usually used by children in fifth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: What Is Poetry? (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Parts of Speech and Rhymes in Poetry
  • Lesson 3: Geography and Poetry
  • Lesson 4: Haiku and Onomatopoeia
  • Lesson 5: Figurative Language and Voice
  • Lesson 6: Art and Poetry
  • Lesson 7: Robert Frost
  • Lesson 8: You Come Too
  • Lesson 9: Write About What You Know
  • Lesson 10: Inspired
  • Final Project: Coffee House Poetry Reading (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Adapt spoken language such as word choice, diction, and usage to the audience, purpose, and occasion. (Language Arts)
  • Apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. (Language Arts)
  • Apply knowledge of language structure, grammar, media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss texts. (Language Arts)
  • Assess how language choice and delivery affect the tone of the message. (Language Arts)
  • Compose poetry using self-selected and assigned topics. (Language Arts)
  • Compose work that follows the conventions of a particular genre. (Language Arts)
  • Connect personal experiences, information, insights, and ideas with those of others through speaking and listening. (Language Arts)
  • Define figurative language (e.g., simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification) and identify its use in literary works. (Language Arts)
  • Describe how the language of literature affects the listener. (Language Arts)
  • Describe structural differences of various forms of writing. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and interpret elements of fiction. (Language Arts)
  • Identify examples of figurative language found in text. (Language Arts)
  • Identify how language and word choice can reflect regions and cultures. (Language Arts)
  • Identify structural patterns found in text. (Language Arts)
  • Increase reading and writing vocabulary through the knowledge of synonyms. (Language Arts)
  • Listen to, enjoy, and appreciate written language. (Language Arts)
  • Paraphrase to indicate active listening. (Language Arts)
  • Read a variety of texts, including poetry. (Language Arts)
  • Read independently daily to increase vocabulary. (Language Arts)
  • Recite brief poems (two or three stanzas), soliloquies, or dramatic dialogues, using clear diction, tempo, volume, and phrasing. (Language Arts)
  • Respond to fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama using interpretive, critical, and evaluative processes by analyzing the authors' word choice and context. (Language Arts)
  • Select a writing focus, organizational structure, and a point of view based upon purpose, audience, and format requirements. (Language Arts)
  • Speak clearly and appropriately to audiences for different purposes and occasions. (Language Arts)
  • Think about the tone of voice and the speed at which the poem should be read. (Language Arts)
  • Use concrete sensory details in writing. (Language Arts)
  • Write the names of poems, short stories, and musical compositions in quotation marks. (Language Arts)
  • Describe a variety of regions in the United States. (Social Studies)
  • Describe and compare physical and cultural characteristics of the regions. (Social Studies)
  • Locate, in absolute and relative terms, major landforms, bodies of water, and natural resources on a map. (Social Studies)
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