Poetry: Star Spangled Banner4th, 5th Grade • Half Day Lesson Plan
Subject: ELA, Historical Poetry, Literary
Type: Half Day Lesson Plan
CCSS: RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.4, RL.4.5, RL.4.6 & RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.4, RL.5.5, RL.5.6
Skills: Close Reading: Key Details, Vocabulary, Main Idea, Summarizing, Context Clues, Justification, Author's Craft, Text Organization
File Type: PDF Document
Materials Needed: blank piece of white paper (1 per student), lined paper (1 piece per student), pencils, crayons/markers/colored pencils, document camera/chart paper/ or whiteboard (used for examples)
Printable Resources: Required: student copies of the the historical poem, "Star Spangled Banner" and "Historical Explanation" (1 copy per student); Optional: printable "Exit Slips" as an assessment component (1 copy per student)
Lesson Plan Description
This half day of lesson plans is broken down into 4 separate segments (30-60 minutes each) addressing several ELA standards using the historical poem, “Star Spangled Banner,” by Francis Scott Key and a historical explanation. Your students will use close reading comprehension techniques, create a graphic novel, and write a summary.
- Segment 1: students will synthesize a poem to discover key details, analyze word/phrase meanings and find the main idea. In addition, they will also write a 3 to 5 sentence summary capturing the main idea of the poem.
- Segment 2: students will create a book to analyze words, phrases and expressions within a poem.
- Segment 3: students will continue their book to identify author’s craft and key details in the text.
- Segment 4: students will finish their book by identifying author’s craft and organization of text.
These lessons can be taught over the span of a half day or you can use the lessons independently, broken up over several days.