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Writing Framework LibGuide Grade 5: Poetry

Grade Level Expectations

Explore various types of poetry:







Descriptive Language

Use Figurative language appropriately (simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, alliteration, personification)


  • Produce complete sentences
  • Fix fragments and run-on sentences
  • Ensure subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement
  • Use correct capitalization
  • Spell grade-appropriate words correctly


  • Use figurative language appropriately
  • Understand and use rhythm and rhyme
  • Appeal to the senses
  • Show, don’t tell
  • Focus on word choice – strong adjectives and vivid verbs

Teacher Resources

Sick, by Shel Silverstein

Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O’Neill

Instructional Resources

Why we must run with scissors (Barry Lane)

Launching the Writing Workshop, Units of Study for 3-5 (Lucy Calkins)

Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide (Fletcher and Portalupi)

Mentor Texts (L. Dorfman and R. Cappelli)

The No Nonsense Guide to Teaching Writing (Davis and Hill)