Shel Silverstein Poetry Study and FREE Printables & Poetry Analysis Pack (INSTANT DOWNLOAD)

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We love reading and studying poetry in our homeschool. We enjoy picking a poet and reading many different poems from that particular poet. This is fun to see the different styles of writing that different poems have. It’s also a neat way to see if you can pick out who wrote a certain poem by the style and way it is written.


Shel Silverstein is one of the first poets I read when I was in elementary school. I remember reading  poems from Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and crying over The Giving Tree. Shel Silverstein was born in Chicago on September 25, 1930. He was a cartoonist, and a composer before he was a poet. He started drawing at the age of 12. He studied music and composed some famous songs. If you are a Johnny Cash fan, you may be familiar with the song A Boy Name Sue! He also wrote One’s on the Way for Loretta Lynn. He illustrated all of his poetry books with his fun and interesting cartoons.

Read more about Shel Silverstein’s biography at Kidz World.

Learn more about Shel Silverstein’s life and details about his different poetry collection books at his website Shel Silverstein.

See every book that was ever written by Shel Silverstein as well as some cute videos for each book HERE.

Biography Lesson and online Quiz about Shel Silverstein from

Shel Silverstein Printable Unit Study from Common Lit – This unit study has 10 different assignments that will have your students analyzing six Shel Silverstein poems that share a common theme. They will then write a literary analysis essay that uses evidence from multiple poems to answer the question: According to Shel Silverstein, how should we live our lives? This is geared towards 6th graders.

FREE Poetry Analysis Pack to use with ANY poem! This instant download will accompany any poem and allow your children a fun way to analyse it. 


FREE Printables:

Shel Silverstein Building Bridges Unit from Tonya Gent TPT Store
The Giving Tree Lesson Plans, Notebook Prompts, Vocabulary Worksheets and more from Book Pagez
The World of Shel Silverstein – a Guide for Teachers from Teacher Vision
The Giving Tree Unit Study from Homeschool Share

The Giving Tree Story Worksheet from
The Giving Tree Lesson Plan: Identifying Story Elements from
Determining the Theme of a Poem using Hug O War by Shel Silverstein from

The Shel Silverstein Website has a ton of free downloads and printables on their Learning Resources page. There are free lesson kits to download for different poems and stories, there are poetry month event kits with graphic organizers, crafts, printable activities, poetry workshop kits and much more. There are also two different drawing booklets that you can print out for your kids to add their veryown illustrations to the poems, they can even create their very own ending to the poems!

These books are perfect to have laying around for fun poetry reading time and to add to your homeschool library:

A Light in the Attic Special Edition with 12 Extra PoemsA Light in the Attic Special Edition with 12 Extra PoemsThe Giving TreeThe Giving TreeWhere the Sidewalk Ends Special Edition with 12 Extra Poems: Poems and DrawingsWhere the Sidewalk Ends Special Edition with 12 Extra Poems: Poems and DrawingsFalling UpFalling UpEvery Thing On ItEvery Thing On ItRunny Babbit: A Billy SookRunny Babbit: A Billy SookA Giraffe and a HalfA Giraffe and a HalfThe Missing Piece Meets the Big OThe Missing Piece Meets the Big OThe Missing PieceThe Missing PieceRunny Babbit Returns: Another Billy SookRunny Babbit Returns: Another Billy SookShel Silverstein's 8 Book Set: Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Lafcadio, The Missing Piece, the Giving Tree, Runny Rabbit, A Giraffe and a HalfShel Silverstein’s 8 Book Set: Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Lafcadio, The Missing Piece, the Giving Tree, Runny Rabbit, A Giraffe and a Half


Written by Sarah


Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Granola Mama to 4 children ages 16-5. She is a Charlotte Mason style homeschooler and has been homeschooling for 13 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, Coffee and Green Smoothies!

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