Tutors and Parents: Please enjoy these poems written by the Founder of A+ Reading and Math Tutoring, Althea Duren (Copyright 2023/Life is Short so Live Well/All Rights Reserved). Connecting these poems to the Florida B.E.S.T. ELA Poetry Standards as written below will provide each child in the specific grade levels provided with additional practice to master the appreciation and creation of poetry.

ELA.K.R.1.4: Identify rhyme in a poem.
Benchmark Clarifications:
Clarification 1: This benchmark builds on the skills from the phonological awareness benchmark ELA.K.F.1.2(b): Identify and produce alliterative and rhyming words. The expectation is that students identify rhyming words in a poem that is read aloud.
Clarification 2: Students will also note where the rhyme is coming, e.g., at the end of a line.

Poetry-1st Grade
ELA.1.R.1.4: Identify stanzas and line breaks in poems.

Poetry-2nd Grade
ELA.2.R.1.4: Identify rhyme schemes in poems.
Benchmark Clarifications:
Clarification 1: Students will mark rhyme scheme and recognize rhyme scheme notation. Rhyme scheme notation uses capital letters, starting with A to mark the end of each line, repeating the letter for each line in the poem that rhymes with that line and progressing through the alphabet for each new end rhyme. Lines designated with the same letter all rhyme with each other.


I never saw a Purple Cow, A
I never hope to see one; B
But I can tell you, anyhow, A
I'd rather see than be one! B
-Gelett Burgess 

Little Miss Muffet A
Sat on a tuffet, A
Eating her curds and whey; B
Along came a spider C
Who sat down beside her C
And frightened Miss Muffet away. B
–Traditional Nursery Rhyme

Poetry-4th Grade
ELA.4.R.1.4: Explain how rhyme and structure create meaning in a poem.

Poetry-5th Grade
ELA.5.R.1.4: Explain how figurative language and other poetic elements work together in a poem.
Benchmark Clarifications:
Clarification 1: Figurative language for the purposes of this benchmark refers to metaphor, simile, alliteration, personification, hyperbole, imagery, and idiom. Other examples can be used in instruction. Clarification 2: Poetic elements to be used for the purposes of this benchmark are form, rhyme, meter, line breaks, and imagery.

Poetry-8th Grade
ELA.8.R.1.4: Analyze structure, sound, imagery, and figurative language in poetry.
Benchmark Clarifications:
Clarification 1: Structural elements for this benchmark are form, line length, white space, indention, line breaks, and stanza breaks.
Clarification 2: Sound can be created through the use of end rhyme, internal rhyme, slant rhyme, alliteration, assonance, consonance, onomatopoeia, repetition, and meter.
Clarification 3: Imagery, as used here, refers to language and description that appeals to the five senses. Clarification 4: Figurative language types for this benchmark are metaphor, simile, alliteration, onomatopoeia, personification, hyperbole, allusion, and idiom. Other examples can be used in instruction.