Exploring Poetry – Year 3 and Year 4 Unit Plan

Unit Plan

Exploring Poetry – Year 3 and Year 4 Unit Plan

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This English unit addresses common poetic devices such as sound play, word play and imagery and explores how these may be applied to narrative poetry.

It consists of 10 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An independent writing task, which may couple as an assessment task, is included in the unit. The number of lessons required to complete this task may vary from class to class.

Teachers are also encouraged to collect samples of students’ work throughout the unit to reflect their learning journey.

 Overview

Objectives

  • To develop a definition of poetry.
  • To identify the purpose, intended audience and subject matter of a poem.
  • To explore the common literary devices found in poetry.
  • To identify and explore alliteration in poetry.
  • To identify and explore onomatopoeia in poetry.
  • To identify and explore word play in poetry.
  • To identify and explore imagery in poetry.
  • To explore storytelling through poetry.
  • To plan and write a narrative poem which includes a setting, characters and a storyline.
  • To create a class anthology of narrative poems.

Preparing for Learning

 Lessons

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

What is Poetry?

A 60 minute lesson in which students will develop a definition of poetry.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Purpose, Audience and Context

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify the purpose, intended audience and subject matter of a poem.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Exploring Poetic Devices

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the common literary devices found in poetry.

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Sound Play in Poetry - Alliteration

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore alliteration in poetry.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Sound Play in Poetry - Onomatopoeia

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore onomatopoeia in poetry.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Word Play in Poetry

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore word play in poetry.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

Imagery in Poetry

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore imagery in poetry.

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

Storytelling Through Poetry

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore storytelling through poetry.

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60 minutes
Lesson 9

Planning and Writing a Narrative Poem

A 60 minute lesson in which students will plan and write a narrative poem which includes a setting, characters and a storyline.

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60 minutes
Lesson 10

Publishing a Poetry Anthology

A 60 minute lesson in which students will create a class anthology of narrative poems.

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  NSW Curriculum alignment

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  Australian Curriculum alignment

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