Poetry can seem intimidating to many students, but the four-square graphic organizer strategy gives students a tool they can use to explore and analyze any poem. In this lesson, students will learn the definitions of alliteration, assonance, simile, and rhyme. Using these definitions and a graphic organizer, they will search through a variety of poems for examples of each poetic element. Finally, students will use what they’ve learned to perform an in-depth reading of Mary Oliver’s poem “The Esquimos Have No Word For ‘War’”.
In this lesson, students will have opportunities to:
- Use a four-square graphic organizer as a strategy for defining, organizing, and identifying poetic terms.
- Define alliteration, assonance, simile, and rhyme.
- Identify and explore the use of these four poetic terms in a variety of poetry selections.
- Evaluate the poem “The Esquimos Have No Word for ‘War’” for use of the four poetic terms.
To teach this lesson, you will need:
- several poetry books
- “The Esquimos Have No Word for ‘War’” by Mary Oliver
- Glossary of Poetic Terms
- Shadow Poetry: Poetry Handbook