Grades 5-6, Poetry Writing

Grades 5-6, Poetry Writing


Fearless Writing introduces and engages students in the poetic world of unique images and concise language. Children often have a natural affinity for the inherent fun of poetry’s unpredictable language and vivid images. Our eight lessons present a set of skill-building examples, exercises, and writing assignments.

The introductory lessons invite students to create their own short poems based on details from the five senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste). Then students will learn to pump up the power of their language by using simile and metaphor, unpredictable comparisons, and imaginative locations. Next, writing that includes concrete language will reinforce the student’s ability to notice and record details. From the platform of skills built from these lessons and their writing exercises, students are encouraged to use additional language strategies to fine-tune their writing, such as alliteration, personification, and onomatopoeia. Finally, the last lesson in this series highlights your child’s inherent sense of joy in making rhymes as he/she writes a poem using various types of rhyme.

Fearless Writers of Poetry will not forget that writing is fun! Joy in the creative process will foster your child’s continued commitment to be a Fearless Writer.


Grades 5-6, Poetry Lesson Plans include:

  1. Using Sensory Language in Your Writing
  2. Introduction to the Simile
  3. Introduction to the Metaphor
  4. Using Concrete Language
  5. Using Alliteration in Your Writing
  6. Exploring Personification
  7. Introduction to the Onomatopoeia
  8. Using Rhymes to Make Your Writing Sing


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