Reading Poetry and Prose


With our Reading Poetry and Prose lesson plan, students learn about poetry and prose, including their differences and how to identify each type of writing. Students will learn the features of each type of writing and will be able to compare and contrast poetry and prose. They will also practice writing their own poetry and prose using what they learn during the lesson.

This lesson includes a very detailed, step-by-step lesson plan and outlines what parts of the lesson can be taught on which day. You can find these suggestions in the “Options for Lesson” section on the first Classroom Procedure page.

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What our Reading Poetry and Prose lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Reading Poetry and Prose teaches students about the differences in poetry and prose and teaches them how to write both. At the end of the lesson, students will be able to read and write both prose and poetry. This lesson is for students in 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the orange box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. The supplies you will need for this lesson are the handouts, enlarged text examples, whiteboards, writing materials, paper, and art supplies. To prepare for this lesson ahead of time, you can copy the handouts, find additional texts as needed, and gather the supplies.

Options for Lesson

Included with this lesson is an “Options for Lesson” section that lists a number of suggestions for activities to add to the lesson or substitutions for the ones already in the lesson. The suggestions for this lesson provide a guide for which parts of the lesson you can administer on which of the four days scheduled for the lesson. For example, for day one, it suggests having students complete the warmup, discussion, and activity pages.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page includes a paragraph with additional guidelines and things to think about as you begin to plan your lesson. It notes that This page also includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.


The Reading Poetry and Prose lesson plan does not include any content pages. Rather, it provides a very detailed lesson plan, found on the three Classroom Procedure pages.


The Reading Poetry and Prose lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.


For the activity worksheet, students will read two texts and identify whether they are poetry or prose. Next, they will complete a chart to compare and contrast the two texts. The chart has them list the similarities and differences they found between the two texts.


The practice worksheet asks students to read examples of both poetry and prose. They must then answer guided questions to help them compare and contrast the works. The questions ask them how they know which text is a poem and which is prose, how the structures are the same or different, and why the author wrote each of the pieces. This will allow students to think more deeply about the lesson material and use what they’ve learned during this lesson.


Students will two examples of both poetry and prose using a single, unifying theme for all four texts. They will identify their theme before they begin. They will write rough drafts of all four texts and then create a book with the finished versions and illustrations that they will draw for each.

Worksheet Answer Keys

This lesson plan includes answer keys for the activity worksheet and the practice worksheet. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information


1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade



State Educational Standards

LB R.L. 1.10, LB R.L. 2.10, LB R.L. 3.10

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.