How Do I Teach Poetry?

Eva Mireles3rd grade teacher, 4th grade teacher, 5th grade teacher, ELA, The Reading Teacher's Playbook Podcast, Upper Elementary, Upper Elementary Teacher


In this episode:

 You will walk away with clear steps for how to launch and teach your next poetry unit.

I talk about:

I talk about the what, the why and the how of teaching your next fiction reading unit.

      1.The What- a type of literature, or artistic writing, that attempts to stir a reader’s imagination or emotions.

  1. The Why- Teaching poetry allows students to be able to learn how to see the deeper meaning behind what a poet is trying to convey.
  2. The How- I give you 5 main teaching points to zone in on in your next nonfiction reading unit. 


  • Because the use of figurative language in poetry is commonplace this makes it the ideal genre to use to teach students the difference between literal and figurative language.
  • In order to teach students how to monitor their comprehension, readers need to be given a way to keep track of what they are reading one stanza or one chunk at a time. 
  • It’s important to expose students to a variety of poets and poetry books will also allow students to see that lots of different people are poets and also see that poetry can be written in many forms. 

Links to resources mentioned in the podcast:

Poetry Reading Response

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