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What is Poetry? Contrasting Poetry and Prose

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What is Poetry? Contrasting Poetry and Prose

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Jennifer Estabrook, B.A. English, M.Ed Adolescent Literacy


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Computers with Internet access and printing capability (one for each group of 3–4 students)

  • LCD projector

  • Chart paper and markers

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Diamante Poems

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.


Venn Diagram

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.


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  1. Make a copy for each student of “The Eagle (poem), "Eagles" (informational article), TP-CASST Poetry Analysis, Four-Column Chart note-taking organizer, and What is Poetry? Contrasting Prose and Poetry sheet.

  2. Familiarize yourself with the poem "Unfolding Bud" by Naoshi Koriyama, and prepare some questions to guide a class discussion of the poem in Session 1.

  3. Review the TP-CASST Poetry Analysis handout, and apply it to Tennyson's poem "The Eagle" in preparation for explaining this process of analysis to students in Session 2.

  4. Familiarize yourself with the informational article "Eagles," and prepare discussion questions that will assist students in finding the main ideas and supporting details.

  5. Determine how you will group students in Session 3, and gather chart paper and markers for each group.

  6. Familiarize yourself with the interactive Venn Diagram tool and bookmark the site on student computers. Make sure all computers have the necessary software installed to run the interactive. (Software help is available on the Technical Help page.) You will need computers with Internet access for group of students to use this interactive. Note: If computer accessibility is a problem, you can print the Venn Diagram and make copies for each group.

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