National Poetry Month: Free ELA Lesson Plans for Grades 3-8, 9-12

grades 3-8, grades 9-12

March 20, 2019


In the Classroom

Ready to get poetic? We’ve created a free lesson plan for grades 3-8 and 9-12 just in time for National Poetry Month! Read on for more on our ode to poetry and to download the lesson!

During this lesson, students will explore poetry, complete an Elements of Poetry Scavenger Hunt, and reinforce what they’ve learned with IXL Language Arts.

Anticipatory Set

Throughout the month of April, share a daily poem (or song lyrics) with your whole class that illustrates a specific element of poetry. Then, discuss the day’s element of poetry with students, with particular emphasis on its definition and/or how it enhances the poem’s meaning.

Teaching Strategy

Challenge students to explore poetry resources and complete at least one square a day on their Elements of Poetry Scavenger Hunt. Once students have three in a row on their grid, have them complete an appropriate IXL skill (with a minimum SmartScore of 80) and record the skill they practiced. 

The full lesson plan, including the Elements of Poetry Scavenger Hunt, is available for download below:

National Poetry Month Lesson Plan: grades 3-8, grades 9-12


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All Comments (4)

Anie April 5, 2019 at 11:00 am

I want more work for my son


The IXL Team April 5, 2019 at 4:41 pm

Hi Anie — You can always search for more free lesson plans on our blog, or take advantage of our full K-12 curriculum on!


Eva April 10, 2019 at 8:35 pm

When is the IXL challenge going to start? The one where kids answer as many questions as they can.


The IXL Team April 11, 2019 at 1:33 pm

Hi Eva,
Our Spring Learning Showdown is going on right now and we’ll share details about our summer contest, which is for individual students, in May.


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