Lessons & Units :: Leaf by Leaf: Autumn Poems 5th Grade Unit

Lesson 5: Figurative Language

Lesson Plan

Leaf by Leaf: Autumn Poems | NP

Leaf by Leaf: Autumn Poems
Learning Goal
Classify various types of figurative language found in a poem.
2 Days (35-40 minutes for each class)
Necessary Materials

Provided: Figurative Language Strips, “The Final Deployment”, Figurative Language Identifier, Example Figurative Language Chart 1, Example Figurative Language Chart 2, Figurative Language Worksheet 
Not Provided: Chart paper, markers, Leaf by Leaf: Autumn Poems selected by Barbara Rogasky

  • Before the Lesson

    Read the poems and complete the Student Packet Worksheets for “City Autumn,” “Two Lives and Others,” and "Something Childish, But Very Natural".

  • Activation & Motivation

    Divide the class into five groups and give each group one Figurative Language Strip. Hand out one copy of the poem “The Final Deployment” to each group and read it aloud. Have students read the definition and example on their Figurative Language Strip.

    Instruct each group to find at least one example of the type of Figurative Language on their strip. Ask groups to write a word or phrase from the poem that matches the type of figurative language they were assigned. When students have finished, ask the class to come together and read the poem aloud. Each group will read the sentence that corresponds with their Figurative Language Strip.

  • Teacher Modeling

    will explain that poems often include figurative language, which we learned in our Genre Lesson is an Element of Poetry. I will define figurative language as language enriched by words that provide detailed images and figures of speech. I will explain that figurative language in poetry is often used to add to a poem’s meaning and to enhance the images in the poem. As we saw in our previous activity, one poem can have a number of kinds of figurative language in it.

    I will hand out the Figurative Language Identifier to familiarize ourselves with the various types of figurative language that could be used in a poem. I will use the handout to describe each type of figurative language and give an example of each. I will write them as categories on chart paper or the board. Note: Hand out the Figurative Language Identifier to students. As you go through each example on the handout, replicate the handout on chart paper or the board.

    I will read “November Day” aloud. Then, I will go back and reread each phrase in the poem to identify the figurative language used in the poem. I will look for language that enhances imagery or meaning in a poem. Once I identify a phrase or line, I will classify it into the type of figurative language in which it belongs. For example, I think the first line, “Old haggard wind,” is personification because it gives a human quality to a non-human object, the wind. I will have pre-written this phrase on an index card or sticky note, and I will tape it under the appropriate category of Figurative Language—Personification.

    I will continue to identify examples of figurative language in “November Day” and classify them with prepared index cards by type of Figurative Language. Note: Refer to Example Figurative Language Chart 1 to walk students through identifying the various types of figurative language used in the poem and for examples to write on the index cards.

  • Think Check

    Ask: "How can I classify various types of figurative language in a poem?" Students should answer that you should read the poem fully and then analyze each phrase, sentence, or stanza to identify language that enhances the meaning or images in a poem. Students can use the Figurative Language Identifier to figure out which type of figurative language is used in the poem.

  • Guided Practice

    will identify and classify the various types of figurative language used in the poem, “City Autumn” We will divide our class into three groups. Each group will receive index cards on which to write phrases or examples from the poem that portray figurative language.

    On chart paper or the board, we will create a chart listing the five types of figurative language we have discussed: alliteration, simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole. One person from each group will come up to the chart paper or board and tape their index cards under the type of figurative language that matches the examples/phrases from the poem. Another person from the group will explain why this example/phrase belongs under this category of figurative language. Note: See Example Figurative Language Chart 2 for how to set up the chart.

    Each group will receive one point for correctly classifying and categorizing the types of figurative language in the poem. The team with the most points will win a poetic prize of teacher’s choice.

  • Independent Practice

    will read “The Sheaves” and identify figurative language used in the poem. You may use your Figurative Language Identifier as you complete your Figurative Language Worksheet. On your Figurative Language Worksheet, you will record phrases from the poem that are examples of figurative language, and you will place them in the proper column. You will prepare to share your findings with the class.

  • Reflective Practice

    will discuss the types of figurative language we have found in “The Sheaves.” We will engage in a brief discussion. Ask: "how do the different kinds of figurative language enhance the meaning of a poem?"

Build Student Vocabulary vagabond

Tier 2 Word: vagabond
Contextualize the word as it is used in the story “A vagabond draws his cloak together, / And an old man totters past with a cane / Wondering if he’ll see spring again.”
Explain the meaning student-friendly definition) A vagabond is a person who does not have a permanent home or a steady job, and who wanders from place to place.
Students repeat the word Say the word vagabond with me: vagabond
Teacher gives examples of the word in other contexts I felt like a vagabond over the summer when we were driving across the country, because I stayed in a different place every night. Whenever I see a vagabond begging on the street, I always try to give them money because I know they probably have a difficult life.
Students provide examples Where might you see a vagabond? Start by saying, “I might see a vagabond ___________________________.”
Students repeat the word again. What word are we talking about? vagabond
Additional Vocabulary Words coiled, stiff, cruel, errant, threshold

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