Personal Narrative Poetry

Learning Target OR Standards & Connections
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.Writing: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. 
Essential Outcome(s) Level(s)
Students will…

  • define narrative poems.
  • explain the composition of narrative poems.
  • Write, record, edit  & publish a narrative poem.
Adaptable to Middle & High School
  1. Review the meaning of narrative poetry. 
  2. Share one or more of your favorite narrative poems. One example might be “The Listeners” by Walter de La Mare
  3. Narrative poems tell a story in verse. Have students start brainstorming Setting (place & time), Characters, Plot, Problem & Solution as well as interesting words they would like to include. 
  4. Review, reflect, redesign, and edit their poems. Consider a combination of individual and collaborative work. 
  5. Students will then record their poem in Soundtrap (student choice on background music, sound effects, voice effects, etc.)
  6. Celebrate by publishing to the school website, class Twitter account, or local radio show. 
Extended Learning
  1. Turn the narrative into a song, composing the background music, singing the lyrics and possibly performing for the class or school. Consider the possibilities with collaborating on this project with another class or school!


The author of this is Meredith Allen. Prior to joining the Soundtrap team, Meredith served as an Instructional Technology Consultant at Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency in Iowa.  Preceding her consulting, Meredith taught instrumental music, K-7 technology and facilitated a district’s Virtual Reality Education Pathfinders program. She also served on their District Leadership Team, served as the district’s Technology Integrationist, and assisted with the implementation of the district’s 1:1 computing initiative. Meredith has a Master’s of Science in Technology for Education and Training and participated in the 2016 Iowa cohort of the national Teacher Leadership Initiative.

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