TEL Lesson Plan
Figurative It Out: Figurative Language in Children's Poetry

Grade Level: 7
Subject: English/Language Arts
Time Frame: Two 45-minute classes


Students identify figurative language in children's poetry. Then students create their own children's poetry and post to a class wiki.

Databases/Other Resources

General Reference Center Gold



Steps for Teacher

**For those that do not have wikis, poster boards will suffice. Have students write down examples on colored sheets of paper to paste on these boards after searching the poetry.

Many schools systems' technology packages make these available along with student passwords to ensure security.  If your school system does not offer a safe and secure way of participating in a wiki, this can be done in the classroom using poster boards. Do not compose a wiki that can be accessed by the general public due to student safety and security concerns.


Steps for Librarian



Steps for Student

  1. Access the Middle School Resources page of the Tennessee Electronic Library
  2. Select General Reference Center Gold.
  3. Select  the  Browse Subjects tab.
  4. Enter the search term: children’s poetry
  5. Click on Subdivisions.
  6. Select Works from the list of subdivisions.
  7. Select Limit By in left column and select Document Type in drop-down box.
  8. Select the Poem hyperlink.
  9. Read several of the poems from the list. CLICK HERE to see a list of poems
  10. Identify a simile, a metaphor, personification, hyperbole, and pun.
  11. Examples can be posted on class wiki under appropriate heading with citation of poem so other students can search for it, too.
  12. Using optional part of lesson: Students can also create their own children's poetry which can be published on the wiki under "Our Class's Poetry for Children."
  13. Students identify the figurative language in classmates' poetry and analyze its effects on  the poem. Students also give each other academic feedback on poetry submissions.


Related Activities

Create a book of favorite children's poems and present to a K-3 class or keep in the classroom as an anthology.

Students will record readings of their favorite poems.

Students will keep a writer’s notebook in which to record their observations and thoughts.

Content Standards

English/Language Arts--Grade 7

Standard 8 - Literature


Learning Expectations/Grade Level Expectations

Standard 8 - Literature

Grade Level Expectations:


GLE 0701.8.3 Recognize the conventions of various literary genres.

GLE 0701.8.5 Identify and analyze common literary terms (e.g., personification, conflict, theme).  


Performance Indicators State

Standard 8 - Literature

Performance Indicators:


SPI 0701.8.10 Identify and analyze figurative language (i.e., hyperbole, simile, metaphor, personification, pun) within context.  



Students' wiki submissions are assessed for correct identification and categorization.  

Social comments can be assessed for validity, topic, appropriateness, and academic feedback.


ISTE Computer Literacy and Usage Standards

1. Creativity and Innovation 

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. 


AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner

4. Persue Personal and Aesthetic Growth

4.1.3 Respond to literature and creative expressions in various formats and genres.

4.3.1 Participate in the social exchange of ideas, both electronically and in person.