Poems, Drama, Prose Differences


In this lesson plan, your students will learn all about these three different types of literature and their key characteristics. They’ll also have a chance to identify each one in some well-known examples. By the end of the lesson, your students will be able to tell poems, dramas, and prose apart.

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Our Poems, Drama, Prose Differences lesson plan teaches students how to differentiate between poems, dramas, and prose. During this lesson, students are asked to work collaboratively with a partner to choose a topic and imagine they were going to write a story, poem, and drama related to it; they then answer the given questions for each type of literature, demonstrating their understanding of the differences between each type. Students are also asked to match lesson terms with their definitions.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose. Students will also be able to identify the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.

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4th Grade



State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of
most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact
your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state