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Poetry doesn’t have to be scary. You can work through our Poetry Unit Study with your student and teach poetic devices and forms with ease. Just grab the printable file and get started.

Thanks to Jimmie for preparing this The Random House Book of Poetry for Children unit study and notebook.

How to Study Each Poem 

This unit study includes lessons and activities based on the book The Random House Book of Poetry Unit Study.

Structure of poem study for each poem:

  1. Read the title and poem aloud while the children listen.
  2. Ask them what they heard – this is narration. They tell back all they understood from the poem. This may include the topic, descriptions, specific words and images.
  3. Read the poem again, and repeat the narration.
  4. Hopefully this time the children can offer even more details.
  5. Allow them to ask questions about things that are still unclear.
  6. You can ask specific questions of the poem as well if you want to draw out certain aspects of the poem. Ask the questions listed below in the unit study.
  7. The child can read the poem aloud now, if you desire.

Poetic Devices and Themes in the Poetry Unit Study

These poetic devices and themes are included throughout the poetry unit study. Each device is defined and includes questions (to ask your student).

  • Personification
  • Imagery
  • Poems of Imagination
  • Poems of Sound (includes alliteration, assonance, consonance, and onomatopoeia)
  • Narrative Poems
  • Repetition
  • Patterns in Poetry

For each theme, there are at least two choices of notebooking pages. The child can copy the appropriate poem onto the themed paper for handwriting practice or for copywork.

The study also includes a section of ideas for composing your own poems.

Poetry Unit Study Notebook Printables

The following notebooking pages are provided to correspond with the poetry lessons:

  • Kites Notebooking Page
  • Dandelions Notebooking Page
  • Dragonfly Notebooking Page
  • Rain Notebooking Page
  • Bed Notebooking Page
  • Nature Notebooking Page
  • Seashell Notebooking Page
  • Blank Notebooking Page (to draw a story or scene from a poem)
  • Yak Notebooking Page
  • Beetle Notebooking Page
  • Bird Notebooking Page
  • City View Notebooking Page

How to Get Started with the Poetry Unit Study

Follow these simple instructions to get started with The Random House Book of Poetry Unit Study

  1. Buy a copy of the book, The Random House Book of Poetry for Children, or borrow one from your local library.
  2. Choose and print the lapbook printables you want to use with your student.
  3. Decide how you want to split up the poetry unit. Do you want to read one poem each day? Do you want to study one concept each week? Make a simple plan.
  4. Enjoy learning all about poetry with your student.

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Learn More About Poetry

First, check out our Great Poets Tea Time Ideas.

Next, consider one of these poetry studies:

When the Frost Is on the Punkin
Unit Study and Lapbook
Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening Printables