@Sunshine31 - I also think that studying different types of poetry and offering the students a specific example of each type of poetic structure will make it more likely for the students to recognize the type of poetry that it is.
My daughter studied poetry in her fourth grade class and the assignments were a little difficult. I think that anytime you do something for the first time, it always seems hard. The kids in my daughter’s class had to put together many different types of poems. The easiest poem for her was the alliteration and a metaphor.
The alliteration was her favorite because she enjoyed beginning each line with the same letter sound. She loved reading it aloud, and her poems were entered in the country youth fair. The teacher was able to put all of her student’s poems and bounded them together. Although it was a lot of work, my daughter enjoyed the process towards the end when she became more familiar with the poems.