The simple, structured lessons of Read and Understand Poetry are designed to help teachers guide students in reading and responding to poetry. The poems include contemporary and classic selections chosen especially for each grade level.
Teacher pages provide an easy-to-follow lesson plan that includes 'before/while/after you read' sections that help students experience the poem and tie it into the overall lesson. The reproducible poem page includes the text of the poem with a simple illustration. The follow-up activity pages are designed to help students with the poetic comprehension through multiple-choice answers as well as open-ended questions that encourage critical thinking, writing, and creativity.