Poetry Unit - Poem Analysis and Writing Bundle - Presentations and Assignments

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This poetry unit resource bundle is a collection of my most popular and best-selling poetry analysis and writing resources! Make poetry fun for your students with this huge bundle that contains over 470 slides and pages of creative and engaging poetry resources that will save you hours and hours of prep time! It has absolutely everything you need to teach figurative language, poetry analysis, poetry writing, and much more! The purchase includes presentations, printable activities, handouts, quizzes, creative poetry projects, etc. You will not need to prepare a thing!

>>> By purchasing this bundle, you are saving more than 40% compared to purchasing the items individually!

The resources in this poetry unit bundle could last you months if you used them all, so you can choose which ones work best for your students. Please note that specific daily lesson plans are not included. Instead of a sequenced poetry unit, this is instead a huge bundle of poetry resources that you can draw on for any poetry unit you are teaching!


What teachers are saying about using this poetry bundle:

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Included in this poetry unit resource bundle:


1. General Poetry Resources

➡️ Poetry Introduction Booklet - Student Reference

This poetry introduction booklet is an excellent student reference that will help them learn the most important poetry terms during your unit! Included in this poetry booklet is information on poetry form (rhyme scheme, internal rhyme, meter, stanzas), figurative language (metaphor, simile, personification, etc.), poetry types (haiku, acrostic, sonnet, etc.) and tips for analyzing poetry.

All you need to do is print, use double-sided photocopying, and fold and you have a poetry handbook that students will use over and over again!


➡️ Literary Devices Figurative Language Reference List

This poetry literary devices list is a must-have for all middle or high school English language arts teachers. Included is a complete list of the most common literary devices and figurative language that you will use in your classroom during your poetry unit. These three pages include definitions and examples from a variety of sources like movies, children's stories, famous poems, or pieces of literature.

 List of poetry terms included: Alliteration, Assonance, Consonance, Hyperbole, Metaphor, Onomatopoeia, Oxymoron, Personification, Pun, Simile, Imagery, Symbolism, and Synecdoche



➡️ Poetry Desk Tags Student Reference

Desk tags are no longer just for elementary students! These ready-to-use poetry desk tags are the perfect reference for your middle or high schoolers during a poetry unit. All you have to do is laminate, cut out, and attach the tags to each of your students' desks.

Then, during the unit when students inevitably begin asking you questions like, "What is onomatopoeia again?" or "What is a four lined stanza called?", you can simply direct them to the desk tag in front of them for the answer.



2. Figurative Language or Poetry Devices Resources

➡️ Figurative Language in Song Lyrics Presentation

This 13-slide Powerpoint presentation includes a variety of figurative language types that students will encounter in your poetry unit, including metaphor, simile, personification, alliteration, hyperbole, and more. Each slide includes a definition of the literary term as well as an example taken from modern lyrics. Some of the musical artists include Taylor Swift, Drake, Rihanna, John Legend, Dynamite, Billie Eilish, and many more, so you can be confident your students will be totally engaged.



➡️ Poetry Terms Figurative Language Introduction Presentation

Use this poetry terms presentation as an introduction to figurative language and literary devices commonly used in poetry. The presentation guides students with detailed definitions of the poetry devices and examples from real life and from poetry. Included:

  • A 26-slide PowerPoint presentation that provides the definitions for 13 of the most common poetry terms, figures of speech, and literary terms used in verse. The slideshow also includes real-life and poetry examples of the device in use. (Terms included: Alliteration, Assonance, Consonance, Hyperbole, Metaphor, Onomatopoeia, Oxymoron, Personification, Pun, Simile, Imagery, Symbolism, Synecdoche)
  • A note-taking template that students can complete as you go through the figurative language presentation. The literary devices are listed, and students must include a definition and an example based on what they learn in the figurative language presentation.
  • Print the poetry terms definition slides and post them on your wall as classroom posters! They look great on display as a poetry bulletin board.



➡️ Poetry Terms Folding Fortune Teller Activity

Use this poetry terms paper fortune teller activity to engage all of your students in learning the most common type of figurative language used in poetry. Simply use the included instructions to teach students how to fold the fortune teller, then use it for note-taking, studying, or playing a game within your classroom. After students use this activity, they will be confident in their understanding of metaphor, simile, personification, onomatopoeia, imagery, symbolism, alliteration, and hyperbole. Included:

  • Student instructions that show students how to fold the paper fortune teller with step-by-step graphics for them to follow
  • Detailed teacher instructions that outline how you can use this resource in your classroom for notetaking, studying, and playing a review game.
  • 3 Different versions of the poetry terms paper fortune teller




➡️ Meter and Rhyme in Poetry: Understanding Poetic Form

Help students better analyze poetic form with this presentation and assignment to teach meter and rhyme in poetry. After using this resource, students will better understand the role that sound and rhythm play in poetry analysis. The presentation will help students understand poetic meter, rhyme scheme, and types of rhyme. The accompanying assignment will allow them to put what they learn into practice! Included:

  • A 17-slide Powerpoint presentation to guide the lesson. There are instructional slides and interactive slides that engage students to participate.
  • A meter and rhyme assignment where students can put what they learn into practice by labeling the meter and rhyme scheme of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem about meter.
  • A detailed teacher answer key that makes for quick and easy classroom review or grading



➡️ Figurative Language Poetry Terms Flashcards and Posters

Figurative language flashcards are an excellent tool to help your students review the most common poetry terms. They can be used as a study tool or the full-page option can also be printed and posted as figurative language posters in your classroom. This ready-to-use poetry terms resource will help your students master the meaning of metaphor, simile, onomatopoeia, oxymoron, personification, pun, imagery, symbolism alliteration, assonance, consonance, and hyperbole. Included:

  • Detailed teacher instructions on the different ways that you can use these flashcards and figurative language posters within your classroom.
  • 12 figurative language flashcards with definitions and examples of the poetry term in use. The cards can be easily printed, laminated, and connected with a binder ring or brass fastener.
  • Full-page figurative language posters option, so you can print these and post them in your classroom as a reminder of the most commonly used poetry terms.


➡️ Figurative Language Poetry Terms Quiz:

This figurative language quiz is a ready-to-print assessment that will check your students' understanding of the important literary devices or figures of speech you have taught like metaphor, simile, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia, and oxymoron. The assessment includes quotes from poems, and students must label what type of figurative language is used and explain its meaning. Included:

  • Figurative Language Quiz: A two-page figurative language quiz consisting of 10 questions that give students examples of literary devices used in real poetry. Students will be required to label the figure of speech used and give an explanation that includes the definition and application of the example. 
  • Detailed Teacher Answer Key: The included teacher answer key provides the correct figurative language used in each example as well as an explanation that includes the definition and text evidence to support the choice. This makes grading or reviewing the poetry terms quiz a breeze!


3. Reading or Analyzing Poetry Resources

➡️ Poetry Annotation How-To Guide

Teach poetry annotation with this ready-to-use resource that guides students through the entire process of how to annotate a poem. Analyzing poetry is very challenging for students, but with this step-by-step guide, your students will feel totally confident annotating any poem they encounter during your poetry unit. This resource goes through all of the practical steps that students must take when analyzing and annotating a poem, and there is absolutely no prep required! Included:


  • Detailed teacher instructions outlining how to use this resource effectively in your classroom 
  • A PowerPoint presentation that reviews each of the seven steps for poetry annotation
  • A blank poem that students will annotate (stanzas from "I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud" by William Wordsworth) as they learn the seven steps to poetry annotation. The presentation allows the teacher to easily show examples of a model response for each of the steps.
  • A detailed student handout with instructions for each of the seven steps on how to annotate a poem
  • A completed annotation of Wordsworth's poem that students can use as a model for reference




➡️ Poetry Analysis Assignments for Six Poems

These poetry analysis assignments are an excellent addition to any poetry unit. Included are six poetry assignments with comprehension and analysis questions for poems your students will love.

Students will analyze "Introduction to Poetry" by Billy Collins, "Dreams" by Langston Hughes, "To Christine" by Susan Forde, "Two Prisoners" by Raymond Souster, "The Execution" by Alden Nowlan, and "Nonconformist" by Angela Shelf Medearis. Included:

  • Six assignment pages for each of the poems with poetry analysis questions that will require students to find text evidence, make inferences, form text connections, and much more! 
  • Detailed teacher answer keys that make grading or class review quick and easy. The answer keys also include text evidence for support.
  • A presentation to review the poetry analysis questions with students and share a model response.



➡️ Because I Could Not Stop for Death by Emily Dickinson Resources

Because I Could Not Stop for Death personifies death and takes students on an eerie carriage ride from birth to passing. Included:

  • A 30-slide Powerpoint presentation that will guide you through all elements of the lesson.
  • Because I Could Not Stop for Death Annotation Assignment: Students will write a modern summary of the poem and record any thoughts they have on literary devices like theme, irony, metaphor, and tone. A detailed teacher answer key is also provided.
  • Because I Could Not Stop for Death Symbolism Assignment: Students will examine the various symbols used by Dickinson in the poem (carriage ride, school, fields of grain, setting sun, clothing, and house), and explain their meaning. A detailed teacher answer key is also provided.
  • Because I Could Not Stop for Death Comprehension Questions: This assignment has students answer 5 questions that requires them to go back to the poem for text evidence to support their responses. A detailed teacher answer key is provided.
  • Writing Death's Poem Creative Writing Assignment: Students will rewrite Because I Could Not Stop for Death by Emily Dickinson in a similar format but from the perspective of Death. They will think about how Death would feel about his journey and his thoughts on the speaker's life and incorporate poetic devices and imagery. A pre-writing graphic organizer is provided as well as a good copy page where they can pen their final poem.



➡️ Poetry Playlist: Analyzing 3 Songs as Poetry

These poetry song analysis assignments will hook your students in during your poetry unit plan. Students will analyze song lyrics as poetry by examining the lyrics of three songs and responding to comprehension and analysis questions. Included

➡️ Three poetry song analysis assignments that have students examine song lyrics as poetry with three popular songs ("Imagine" by John Lennon, "Midnight Rain" by Taylor Swift, "Lose You to Love Me" by Selena Gomez). Each assignment includes five analysis questions that require students to refer back to the song lyrics to show text evidence.

➡️ Detailed teacher answer keys for the poetry song analysis assignments. The answers include text evidence and are useful for grading or class review. 

➡️ A 16-slide PowerPoint presentation that can be used to review answers with the class.



➡️ My Last Duchess by Robert Browning Resources

Teach My Last Duchess by Robert Browning with this ready-to-use teaching bundle. Your students will be totally engaged with this My Last Duchess analysis pack. The surprising ending of Browning's dramatic monologue is always an incredible springboard for discussion and poetry analysis. Included:

  • A 26-slide Powerpoint presentation that will guide you through all elements of the lesson. The slideshow includes:
  • My Last Duchess Poetry Annotation Assignment: Students will write a modern summary of the poem and record any thoughts they have on literary devices like characterization, conflict, theme, and tone. A detailed teacher answer key is also provided.
  • My Last Duchess Comprehension Questions: This assignment has students answer 5 questions about the poem that requires them to go back to the poem for text evidence to support their responses. A detailed teacher answer key is provided. 
  • The Duke Characterization Assignment: In a dramatic monologue, the speaker often inadvertently reveals personality traits or characteristics about themselves. Students will examine quotes from My Last Duchess and consider what they reveal about the Duke. A detailed teacher answer key is provided.

    My Last Duchess Creative Writing: Students will imagine that they are the Duchess and will write a letter to their mother on the day Fra Pandolf completes their portrait. They will share information about their life with the Duke, revealing the perspective of the Duchess.



➡️ Poetry Rap - Using Rap Song Lyrics to Teach Poetry

This poetry rap resource bundle will have your students examining rap song lyrics as poetry. From sophisticated rhyme and rhythm, literary devices, lyricism, storytelling, theme, social commentary, and emotional impact, poetry and rap have many similarities. Included:

  • A 26-slide PowerPoint presentation that uses rap song lyrics to teach poetry. The slides introduce the history of rap, discuss the 6 main commonalities between rap and poetry (rhythm and rhyme, literary devices, lyricism, storytelling, theme, and emotional impact), provide rap lyrics examples for each, and include video discussion prompts. (YouTube is required for opening videos in slideshow).
  • A Tupac Hughes poetry rap comparison activity where students answer questions comparing Tupac Shakur's song "Dear Mama" with Langston Hughes' poem "Mother to Son." The poem and song share many elements and themes. (Please note that for copyright reasons the poem and lyrics are not provided, but links are provided)
  • A detailed answer key for the poetry rap comparison activity questions that make for easy grading or review. 
  • A creative writing assignment called "Writing Rap Rhymes" where students will write their own rap lyrics according to what they learned in the lesson.


➡️ The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost Resources

Teach The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost with this ready-to-use bundle that has absolutely everything you need to help students understand, analyze, and respond to Frost's most famous poem. Included:

  • A 29-slide PowerPoint presentation that guides you through all elements of the lesson
  • Poetry Breakdown Assignment: Help guide your students through The Road Not Taken with this assignment that uses guiding questions for students to understand the meaning of the poem down stanza by stanza. Each of these questions comes with a detailed answer key that is also included in the teacher presentation, so they can be easily reviewed with the class.
  • Digging Deeper Analysis Assignment: Your students will now show a deeper analysis of The Road Not Taken with questions related to language, theme, the narrative point of view, and symbolism. This assignment comes with a detailed teacher answer key that is also included in the teacher presentation, so they can be easily reviewed with the class.
  • Robert Frost Rearranged Final Creative Poetry Assignment: Now, students are ready to show off their creative writing skills with this fun and engaging response activity. They will take all of the individual words from The Road Not Taken and rearrange some or all of the words to create a unique and original poem. You will be amazed by the variety of poems that your students will be able to create!



➡️ Poetry Analysis Song Lyrics Project:

Engage students in poetry analysis using song lyrics with this ready-to-use final poetry project. Students will choose a song and analyze the lyrics for content, theme, and literary devices following the detailed project instructions. With music as the topic, you know your students will be instantly engaged, and this project outlines everything they need to know to get started. Included:

  • PowerPoint presentation slides to introduce the project to students. The presentation includes discussion questions, information about the two parts of the project, and rubric information to show what a strong response includes. 
  • Detailed student instructions for completing both sections of the assignment. The first section has student analyze their interpretation of the song lyrics (summary, title analysis, and theme), while the second section has them interpret the use of literary devices and figures of speech within the lyrics.
  • Good copy graphic organizers for both sections
  • An easy-to-use teacher rubric that makes grading the project quick and easy



➡️ The Soundtrack of My Life Assignment

Use this poetry song lyrics assignment to help your students see the connection between song lyrics and poetry. The Soundtrack Of My Life assignment allows students to make connections between their own lives and the lyrics of the songs they love and to analyze song lyrics as poetry. Included:

  • A PowerPoint presentation that will introduce students to each element of the poetry song lyrics assignment. The presentation includes discussion questions, information about the two parts of the project, and rubric information to show what a strong response includes. Included: 
  • Detailed student instructions for completing both sections of the assignment. The first section has students make text-to-self connections between the lyrics of three songs and their own life (to design the soundtrack of their life). The second section has students examine one of the songs in more detail using poetry analysis techniques. They will summarize the poem, examine the theme, locate literary devices, and consider who might connect to these lyrics.
  • A brainstorming page with prompts that will help students choose the three songs they want to highlight on their soundtrack
  • Two good copy graphic organizers for both sections of the assignment where they will share their text-to-self connections and poetry song analysis
  • An easy-to-use teacher rubric that makes grading the poetry song lyrics assignment quick and easy

4. Writing Poetry Resources

➡️ Poetry Writing Unit Booklet

This resource will guide students through the writing process for 8 different types of poems. Included:

  • Detailed student instructions for each of the 8 formula poems to guide students through the writing process. The poems included are Bio Poem, I Am Poem, Haiku, Acrostic, Concrete or Shape poem, Antonym Diamante, Limerick, and Quatrain.
  • Powerpoint presentation slides to introduce each of the poetry types to students. The slides include information about the poem, step-by-step instructions, and examples. 
  • Rough draft pages for each of the poem types for students to complete their first copy and make edits and adjustments.
  • Good copy pages for each of the poems to add to the completed poetry portfolio.




➡️ Poetry Slam Writing:

Slam poetry has gained popularity online with some poems featured in slam competitions going viral. Bring this phenomenon into the classroom by having your students produce and perform an original slam poem. Included:

  • An eye-catching PowerPoint presentation that will guide students through the lesson. They will learn about the history of slam poetry writing, the common rules poetry slams follow, the common characteristics of this poetry genre, and video examples of strong slam poems.
  • A student handout with the most important tips they should follow when they begin their own poetry slam writing
  • A print-ready graphic organizer with prompts that will help students in their pre-writing phase. They will brainstorm a topic, consider their tone, explore word choice options, consider what literary devices they want to include, and much more.
  • A ready-to-use teacher rubric that will make grading the poetry slams quick and easy.



➡️ Texting Poetry Writing Activity

This poetry writing activity will bring what your students love into your English classroom: texting! Texting poetry has students write a poem that uses the short-hand conventions of texting. This means students will use abbreviations, acronyms, digits, and emojis within their poems. Included:

  • A 17-slide PowerPoint presentation that will guide students through every element of this creative poetry writing activity.
  • A texting poetry student handout that shares the 6 strategies that poets use when writing a texting poem. This can be used as a guide and a reference for students when they are writing their own poems.
  • A texting poetry pre-writing graphic organizer that students can use to brainstorm possible topics, consider word choice, and texting poetry strategies while they create their rough draft.
  • Two good copy pages where students can write their own original texting poems (on a blank cell phone). This looks great on display on a classroom bulletin board.




➡️ Shakespearean Sonnets Analysis and Writing Resource

The Shakespearean sonnet is an excellent addition to any poetry unit, and this resource will teach students both sonnet analysis and how to write a sonnet! With instruction on iambic pentameter, rhyme scheme, and what to include in each of the quatrains and final couplet, students will be absolutely prepared to start writing their poems. Included:

  • PowerPoint presentation (30 slides) that will guide you through all elements of the lesson.
  • Sonnet 18 Poetry Annotation Assignment: Students will write a modern summary of Sonnet 18 and record their understanding as they read. A detailed teacher answer key is also provided.
  • Sonnet 18 Analysis Questions: This assignment has students answer five analysis questions about Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 that require them to go back to the poem for text evidence to support their responses. A detailed teacher answer key is provided.
  • How to Write a Sonnet Student Guide: This informational handout includes detailed information on how to write a sonnet, including information on sonnet structure (rhyme scheme, iambic pentameter) and sonnet content (quatrains and couplet).
  • Writing a Sonnet Graphic Organizer: After students know how to write a Shakespearean sonnet, have them use this graphic organizer to write their own. Included are reminders about what is included in each of the sections, line numbers, and sonnet rhyme scheme.
  • Sonnet Writing Checklist: After students have completed their sonnet, have them check their work with this Shakespearean sonnet writing checklist. This will allow students to review their sonnet to make sure it meets all the structural requirements.



What teachers are saying about using this poetry bundle:

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ AMAZING!! I'm running out of ink today just trying to get everything I want to use printed off! It's just so comprehensive! Not only print resources, but explicit, engaging power point presentations to use in conjunction with each lesson! Not only that, but entertaining activities and review ideas as well. I love the close reading and annotation lessons. Really hits the heart of what we need to be doing with our kids! Also love that you picked what I would consider to be the "must teach" poets/poems for middle school students. My kids are going to love this! Thank you! Can't wait to get started! 

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