Lessons & Units

Leaf by Leaf: Autumn Poems 5th Grade Unit

Genre
Poetry
Concepts Taught
Author's Purpose, Figurative Language, Genre, Main Idea, Theme, Voice

Lessons

Genre Lesson Poetry Identify elements of poetry.
Lesson 1 What’s the Main Idea? Explain the main idea of a poem.
Lesson 2 The Tone of a Poem Describe the emotion or tone of a poem.
Lesson 3 A Poem’s Theme Identify a theme in a poem.
Lesson 4 Author’s Purpose Identify the author’s purpose in a poem.
Lesson 5 Figurative Language Classify various types of figurative language found in a poem.

Build Background Knowledge

Ask your students what they think makes a good subject for a poem. Build background knowledge for this unit by introducing your students to poems about nature. Poets have long expressed their appreciation of the natural world through creative writing, rather than studying nature like a science. Nature poetry can be about weather, flowers, trees, animals, or the seasons. Nature poets often use their five senses to describe the natural world. They also make plants and animals take on human characteristics (personification), or show how nature can tell us how people should live. Explain how all of the poets in this book are inspired by the season of Autumn, and introduce specific poets to your students as you read the poems aloud.

Pacing Guide

Pacing Guide for Leaf by Leaf

Day 1

Begin Genre Lesson

Day 2

Genre Lesson (continued)

Complete the Genre Lesson Independent Practice in the Student Packet

Day 3

Begin Reading “September,” From “Hymn to Intellectual Beauty,” “Wild Goose,” From “James Lee,” From “The Chipmunk’s Day”

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets

Day 4

Finish Reading “September,” From “Hymn to Intellectual Beauty,” “Wild Goose,” From “James Lee,” From “The Chipmunk’s Day”

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets

Day 5

Begin Lesson 1

Day 6

Lesson 1 (continued)

Complete the Lesson 1 Independent Practice in the Student Packet

Day 7

Begin Reading From “The Sheaves,” From “London Voluntaries,” From “Autumn Evening,” From “The Alchemist in the City,” “Lady in Grey”

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets

Day 8

Finish Reading From “The Sheaves,” From “London Voluntaries,” From “Autumn Evening,” From “The Alchemist in the City,” “Lady in Grey”

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets

Day 9

Begin Lesson 2

Day 10

Lesson 2 (continued)

Complete the Lesson 2 Independent Practice in the Student Packet

Day 11

Begin Reading From “October,” From “The Bonfire,” From “The Wild Swans at Coole,” “Wind and Silver,” From “Birds’ Nests”

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets

Day 12

Finish Reading From “October,” From “The Bonfire,” From “The Wild Swans at Coole,” “Wind and Silver,” From “Birds’ Nests”

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets

Day 13

Begin Lesson 3

Day 14

Lesson 3 (continued)

Complete the Lesson 3 Independent Practice in the Student Packet

Day 15

Begin Reading From “Come Up From the Fields Father,” From “Ulalume,” “November Day,” From “The Great Horned Owl,” From “The Window Washer”

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets

Day 16

Finish Reading From “Come Up From the Fields Father,” From “Ulalume,” “November Day,” From “The Great Horned Owl,” From “The Window Washer

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets

Day 17

Begin Lesson 4

Day 18

Lesson 4 (continued)

Complete the Lesson 4 Independent Practice in the Student Packet

Day 19

Begin Reading “City Autumn,” From “Looking for Mushrooms,” From “Two Lives and Others,” “The Frost,” “Wild Weather”

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets

Day 20

Finish Reading “City Autumn,” From “Looking for Mushrooms,” From “Two Lives and Others,” “The Frost,” “Wild Weather”

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets

Day 21

Begin Lesson 5

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets

Day 22

Lesson 5 (continued)

Complete the Lesson 5 Independent Practice in the Student Packet

Day 23

Review for the Unit Assessment

Day 24

Unit Assessment

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