Lesson Plan of Reciting Poems in English

Students` Learning Outcomes

  • Recite poems with actions.
  • Express opinion about them.

Information for Teachers

  • Poems usually have rhyming words. Poems also have a shorter sentence structure and give the meaning in fewer words.

Reciting Poems

  • The teacher must learn at least 2 to 3 poems by heart before the lesson starts, as it will help him/her to make the lesson more interesting.
  • Students are familiar with poems from earlier classes. So select a poem keeping that in mind. Don`t choose a poem that is so simple that it becomes boring for your students.
  • While teaching the lesson, consult textbook at all steps wherein and whenever it is applicable.


A few poems, you may use the poems give at the end of plan, writing board, chalk/marker, duster, charts etc.


  • Stand in a position where every student of the class can see you easily.
  • Tell the students you will be sharing a favorite childhood poem through actions and they are to guess the poem.
  • Do the actions from a familiar poem (Twinkle, Twinkle little star or any other).
  • Ask students to guess the poem and sing along if they remember it.
  • Ask student? “Why is it important to do actions with the poem?”
  • Tell students that actions and rhyme in poems help us remember the words and verses.


Activity 1

  • Recite the poem which is given at the end of plan, without actions.
  • Ask them if there are many words whose meanings they don`t know of. Write them on the writing board.
  • Tell students that sometime we can understand things clearly from actions. When a word is said with actions, we can understand it better.
  • Recite the poem with actions and ask students to repeat after you.
  • Ask students if they can now guess the meanings of the words they didn`t understand.
  • Ask students their opinion about the poem. For example:
  1. Is it an easy poem to remember or difficult?
  2. Why it is easy/ difficult to remember?
  3. What do you like the best in the poem?
  • Encourage students to express their opinions.

Activity 2

  • Ask some students to volunteer to recite the poem “Wake up” (see at the end of plan) with actions and try to clarify the meaning with their actions. Don`t interrupt and let them make their own meaning of new words.
  • Now read the poem with actions with the class. Display or write the poem on the board.
  • Tell them the meanings of the new words.

Sum up/ Conclusion

  • Ask them what they learned today through this poem. Ask them if they learnt new words.
  • Ask them if they know other ways in which we use actions. Do we use hand gestures when we speak.


  • Ask one student to perform one action from the poem, without reciting the words (pantomime).
  • Ask the class to recite the verses according to those actions.
  • Ask them what they liked about the poem. Accept all responses since these are personal responses and need to be acknowledged as individual point of view.
  • Involve students in solving problems given at the end of uit/chapter of the textbook.

Follow up

  • Ask the students to recite and perform the poem in front of their parents and siblings.
  • Give the students a new poem and help them to learn it. Ask the students to come up with their own actions to show the true meaning of each poem. Each student will have to recite and perform that poem in the next class, in front of the students

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