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Knowledge and Skills Statement

Multiple genres: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts--genres. The student recognizes and analyzes genre-specific characteristics, structures, and purposes within and across increasingly complex traditional, contemporary, classical, and diverse texts.

Use an observational checklist during whole-group read-aloud or small-group instruction to identify who is able to notice and discuss the visual patterns and structures in poetry and who needs more support.


  • Visual Patterns—Ask students if they notice anything about the way the poem looks. Students should be able to identify if the line length impacts the way the poem looks. Additionally, students may recognize visual patterns in the form of stanzas or line structure. For example, students may notice there is a rhyming word every two or three lines at the end of the line.
  • Structures—Ask students to name what they notice about the structure of the poem. Students should be able to note details of the structure related to lines, stanzas, rhythm, rhyme, repetition, imagery, or alliteration depending on the poem. Students should also be able to explain in detail how they identified these structures.
literary works focused on the expression of feelings and ideas through the use of a distinctive style that is often rhythmic and may have elements such as meter, rhyme, and stanzas
A visual pattern is the artistic arrangement and use of the visual aspects of words in a consistent and recurring pattern (e.g., stanzas, repetition, line breaks, rhyming words). The visual pattern establishes the structure of the poem.