Lesson Plan of Poetry Recitation

Lesson Plan of Poetry Recitation

Subject English

Grade II

Students` Learning Outcomes

  • Read and recite short poems or nursery rhymes with actions.
  • Articulate and recognize simply rhyming words.
  • Copy rhyming words from a poem. Write more rhyming words.
  • Familiarize themselves with rhythm, stress and intonation of English language for comprehension by listening to simple stories and poems read aloud in class.
  • Comprehend simple stories and poems read aloud in classes.

Information for Teachers

  • Singing nursery rhymes should be an on-going activity throughout the term.
  • Select poems that are short and simple for the students to learn.
  • Find rhyming words for the selected poems before the lesson.
  • Stress means the part of the sentence or a word that is pronounced more loudly to show emphasis e.g.
      • This is my book
      • I want the bigger apple.
  • Intonation refers to the up and down melody of the voice over the whole phrase or sentence:
      • For a yes-no question, we make it go up at the end.
      • For a regular sentence, or a question with one of those words that has “Wh” in the beginning, we make the voice go down at the end. E.g. is he your brother? Who are you?
  • Select poems that you think your students will enjoy, and can do actions with such as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Baby, Baby, yes Mama, etc.
  • Teachers can also other poems given in the term.
  • Also use poems given in the textbook.
  • Teacher must practice the poems at home first before doing them with students in class.
  • While teaching the lesson, the teacher should also consult textbook at all steps where and when applicable.

Material / Resources

Writing board, chalk/marker, duster, books of nursery rhymes, audio-cassettes of poems (if available), chart paper


  • Recite “baba Black Sheep” as an example, couple of times with actions to the students; follow the rhyme and rhythm and use intonation and actions as required.

Poetry Recitation

  • Explain that poems usually have rhyming words i.e. words with similar/matching ending sound.
  • Explain that all poems have rhythm, which is what differentiates them from prose.


Activity 1

  • Paste the poem written on a chart paper on board.
  • Introduce the main idea or story of the poem in a few words; e.g. Little Miss Moffat sat on a tuffet.

Poetry Recitation

  • Tell the students that they would be reciting a poem about a little girl and a big spider and how afraid she was of the spider.
  • Paste the following poem on the board.

Poetry Recitation

  • Sing/recite the poem with actions. Explain the meaning of difficult words.
  • Ask the students to follow the actions.
  • Ask few volunteer students to recite the poem with you.
  • Involve the whole class to recite the poem with actions.
  • Encourage students to suggest actions according to their understanding.
  • Allow creativity in actions.

Activity 2

  • Ask simple questions from the students:

Poetry Recitation

      1. Did you like the poem?
      2. What was the name of the girl?
      3. How many spiders were there / in the poem?
      4. What did she eat?
      5. Where did the spider sit?
      6. Was she afraid of the spider?
      7. Are you afraid of spiders?
      8. Do you like spiders? Why?
      9. Do you like Miss Moffat? Why?
      10. What would you do if you were Miss Moffat or the spider?
  • (Note for Teachers): please ensure that you ask a mix of questions to check for comprehension (q 1-6) and encourage personal response (Q 7-10) to help children take interest and express their opinion, likes/dislikes and views.

Activity 3

  • Tell the students: now we will find words in this poem which end with same sounds. E.g. Moffat and Tuffet.

Poetry Recitation

  • Ask students to read the poem and find rhyming words. Help them find one pair to give an example. (Answer: whey-away, spider—her)
  • Take responses from students. Underline or circle the rhyming words on the chart poem.
  • All students must repeat the rhyming words after the teacher.
  • Tell the students the rhythm of the poem. (see information for Teachers)
  • Give simple examples: cat, fat………..pot, hot………..
  • Encourage them to give you a few examples.
  • Inform the students that the words which have same ending sounds are called rhyming words. E.g. Moffett and Tuffet have same sound in the end

Activity 4

  • Give any two words from a poem and ask students to come up with new rhyming words in groups.

Poetry Recitation

  • (See sample poem given). Teacher must do same activities for all other poems.

Sum up / Conclusion

  • Ask the students to recite a few lines of the poem.
  • Revise the poem.


  • Take a test of poem recitation every week.
  • Give a test on rhyming words.

Follow up

  • Learn the poem.
  • Continue to give practice to the students by revising the poem regularly.
  • Ask a different child to lead the singing each time. Instruct the child who will lead to use actions in a lively manner.
  • Find the exercises related to this topic in the textbook and practice them with students.

Poetry Recitation

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