Poetry Sampler


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Some students love poetry right away; others find it a real challenge. Because of this, I often begin my poetry unit with familiar songs. I change the songs from year to year depending on what is on the top of the charts at the time. In the past, I have used Miley Cyrus’s “The Climb” and during the Friends Era, The Rembrandts “I’ll be There for You.” Once students realize songs are poems set to music, the battle is won. 

You can download a free Poetry Sampler below. It contains three poetry activities from different units in my store.


The Children’s Hour

“The Children’s Hour” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is one of my all time favorite poems. It reminds me of my dad and the times he would play with my brothers and me in the evenings. Included with this poem is a graphic organizer where students can summarize and write the theme of the poem. This is from my unit Theme.

Chocolate Unit

The Sugar-Plum Tree

“The Sugar-Plum Tree” by Eugene Field is a wonderful poem that a parent would tell children to help them have pleasant dreams. Included is a set of task cards covering many topics including figurative language, rhyming patterns, vocabulary, and more. This is from my upcoming unit Chocolate.

Main Idea and Supporting Details

The Ballad of Casey Jones

“The Ballad of Casey Jones” is a traditional folk song. Included is a graphic organizer where students map out the main idea of each verse. This is a sample product  from Main Idea and Supporting Details.


You can get the Poetry Sampler by clicking on the image below:

Poetry Sampler

Gay Miller


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1 comment

    • Lori on April 13, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    I love how you explained your poem for theme by telling about the connection you have made to that poem! Just what we want our students to learn to do with great literature- make connections to it to help us connect in a deeper way.
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