Lesson Plan

Poetic Personification

Use this lesson to help your ELs understand personification in poetry. This lesson can be taught on its own or used as support to the Poetry Themes lesson.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Poetry Themes lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Poetry Themes lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to identify the theme of a poem using text evidence.

Language

Students will be able to explain personification with nouns and verbs using sketches and color-coding.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
Teach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceUnderstanding PersonificationVocabulary Cards: Poetic PersonificationGlossary: Poetic Personification
  • Write the word "personification" on the board and ask students to guess the meaning of the word. Circle the word person and define personification.
  • Tell students they’ll watch the video "Personification" (see related media) to see objects come alive with human qualities. Distribute index cards and ask them to write or draw anything they notice from the video.
  • Watch the video. Allow students to share their index card notes in partners.
  • Tell students today they'll learn about personification in poetry.