Common Core Poem Reader

Poetry  Lesson Plan: How do you interpret a poem? 

Student Learning/Assessment Guides


Skill or Task

Analyze, infer, create: comprehensive listings of proverbs aligned with themes.

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Interpret figurative language

Illustrate a Proverb

Interpret the literature of a culture

Interpret a poem or song

Interpret content area poetry

Infer values using spirituals

Write a poem or song
Compare and contrast two different kinds of passages about the same topic or theme.


Teacher Resources

Classroom posters: How do you read a poem?    

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Poetry Week Planner Elementary
Poetry Week Planner High School
Week-Long Lesson Plan: How to Interpret a Poem with Common Core Standards and Differentiation

Exemplary Poetry Unit Plan

Poetry Rubric

Online Resources from the Smithsonian in English and Spanish:

Andean Rhythms (PDF)
Workshop handout on the music of the Andean region. Includes a glossary of music terms, instrucitons for making a panpie, and brief histories of Andean instruments.

Native Songs: Corridos sin Fronteras (Website)
Learn about, listen to, and write corridos, native songs. Includes videos and information on the history of corridos, timeline with important historical events and the corridos written about them, music samples, biographies of moden corridor artists, glossary, articles and publications, and lesson plans.

Alerta Sings & Canciones para el ReCreo/Children's Songs for the Playground (Website)
Acclaimed Folkways childrens' recordings with easy-to-learn songs from Latin America, the Caribbean, Argentina, and Chile. Accompanied by children singing and Latin American instruments.

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