Shipping Times Are Long, But You Don't Have to Wait
Every hard-copy curriculum purchase now comes with complimentary online access. You can get started now using online curriculum and then transfer to hard copy when you receive your shipment. (Learn more). Please allow 4-5 weeks for delivery.

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

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)
<-- go back