Poetry Lesson: Animal/Shape Poems

Poetry Lessons, Free Printables & Student Poems

Hi Friends,
I’m thrilled to share the poetry lessons my 7th graders just completed. They rocked poetry. As a teacher, I loooove when teachers share ideas with downloadable worksheets, so that’s what you’ll get below! Most of all, I’m excited to publish my students’ model poems. Enjoy the Learning Experience & Leading Examples. 

Poetry is Music & Music is Poetry.

Learning Experience: Animal Poem/Shape Poem

Model Texts taken from Seal by William Jay Smith

Lesson Plan Step-by-Step:

  • Read the poem Seal by William Jay Smith aloud together as a class
  • Answer: What questions does this poem answer about the seal?
    • What is the seal’s habitat
    • Who is the seal’s predator? . . .
  • In groups or individually, the students label literary devices/figurative language including the rhyme scheme:
  • Highlight the action verbs (Fun to make it a contest to see who can find the most!)


    • Select an animal to feature in a poem.
    • Answer the same questions for your animal that you wrote above about the seal.
    • Use those answers as a brainstorm to begin the rough draft.
    • Requirements: 25-30 lines, 10 strong action verbs, 3 literary devices, shape or image in, on, or around the poem, add color, enjoy writing!

 Image from Blog


Leading Examples: Model Animal/Shape Poems by My Students

Click on the Poem to Enlarge! Enjoy these young poets’ work . . .

So many creative animal poems that it was hard to pick which ones to feature!

Creative 7th Graders

Don’t miss the upcoming posts: Emotion Poem, Haiku & Limericks!





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3 Responses to Poetry Lesson: Animal/Shape Poems

  1. versesfrommama says:

    What a great fun way to write poetry! They are all so colorful. I especially enjoyed “The Owls” and “A Leap and a Bound”, but they were all excellent! Keep up the good work!

  2. Jen says:

    You guys are artists with your words and your visuals! If you were to read me your poems, I am sure I would be seeing and hearing and feeling your animals.
    Looks like you were having fun with the animal poetry, too!

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