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EngageNY Grade 11 ELA: Module 2, Unit 2

For Teachers 11th Standards
Two texts anchor a 14-lesson unit that explores what it means to be a woman in America. In her "An Address by Elizabeth Cady Stanton" Stanton argues for women's right to vote. Audre Lorde offers a different point of view in her poem, "...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 1, Unit 1: Building Background Knowledge: War Coming Close to Home

For Teachers 8th Standards
Help readers develop the ability to understand complex text. Thanhha Lai's Inside Out & Back Again serves as the anchor work in this first unit that focuses not only on how word choice impacts tone and meaning, but also how to draw...
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EngageNY Grade 11 ELA Module 1, Unit 1

For Teachers 11th Standards
Analysis of complex texts requires close reading. The six lessons in the first unit of Module 1 teach readers how to annotate text, as well as how to conduct evidence-based discussions, and produce evidence-based writing, the skills they...
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Reading Literature: 8th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 8th Standards
Align your curriculum to the rigorous Common Core standards with a collection of reading lessons, activities, worksheets, and projects. From literary themes to annotation skills, the resources fold into any reading curriculum to ensure...
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EngageNY Grade 10 ELA: Module 1, Unit 1

For Teachers 10th Standards
Follow a discussion between poetic giants in a unit focused on Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepard to His Love," Sir Walter Raleigh's "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepard," and William Carlos Williams' "Raleigh Was Right." It...
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EngageNY Grade 6 ELA: Module 2A, Unit 2 - Analyzing Structure and Communicating Theme in Literature

For Teachers 6th Standards
Accompany your classroom's reading of Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis with a 17-lesson unit designed to spark critical thinking, dialogue, and stretch writing muscles. The EngageNY collection goes beyond pupils' reading...
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Socratic Seminar Format Overview

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
Whether new to the Socratic seminar format or an experienced veteran of the popular discussion technique, you'll find much to like in a five-page, richly detailed packet that not only details the prep necessary, the process, and the...
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More Than Mud and Cooties: The Poetry of World War I Soldiers

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Poetry is not just for romance. Teach middle schoolers about soldiers' experiences during World War I with poetry written by the soldiers themselves. The lesson includes a simulation activity, a graphic organizer activity, and a...
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The Metamorphosis

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
How can something be true even if it didn't happen? Invite your classes to investigate the truths found in the world of magical realism as they analyze short stories, poems, informational texts, video, and art from this genre.
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If

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Rudyard Kipling's advice to his son in the poem "If" is a resounding message that echoes through generations. After reading the famous poem, middle schoolers work on analyzing specific lines, completing activities based on unfamiliar...
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Poetry…Do I Dare?

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Whether you're considering a poetry unit or just want to incorporate more poetry in your curriculum, this unit plan is a must-have. Packed with poems, teaching points, powerful prompts, and poetry performance suggestions, the resource is...
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Why Shakespeare Loved Iambic Pentameter

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Spice up your traditional approach to teaching poetic structure with a wonderful animated video, which not only covers such terms as foot, meter, verse, but also stresses Shakespeare's unique use of iambic pentameter to convey emotion...
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How do Poets Use Language?

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Why do writers choose the language they do? Here's a resource that has the poet himself answer that very question. Joseph Coelho explains why he chose the words and images he used in his poem, "If All the World Were Paper."
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Unknown Frost Poem Discovered

For Students 8th - 12th
What? A long-lost poem from Robert Frost? Introduce your class to a poem recently found and published from Robert Frost's personal collection. The lesson includes background information on the author, the poem itself, and a list of...
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Genre Focus: Poetry Analysis Chart

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
Delve into poetry analysis with this two-page worksheet. The first page asks the reader to identify the title, speaker, rhythm, imagery, and any figures of speech. The second page is a little deeper: What is the mood? What kind of poem...
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In Flanders Fields

For Teachers 7th - 10th
War is one of the most profound human experiences in history, and is often best depicted in works of art and literature. Introduce class members to the poetry of World War I with this resource that uses John McCrae's "In Flanders Fields"...
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Love That Poem

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
New ReviewAfter reading the novel, Love That Dog by Sharon Creech, scholars review poetic devices such as metaphor and onomatopoeia. As a class, then small groups, pupils compare and contrast two poems from different authors, discuss how one...
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Gathering Textual Evidence for the Two-Voice Poem (Author’s Note)

For Teachers 7th Standards
New ReviewWriters take a look at how to gather evidence from the information text in the unit that connects to Salva and Nya’s story. They complete a Gathering Evidence from Informational Texts sheet to guide their work. Pupils then use the...
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End of Unit 3 Assessment: Using Strong Evidence

For Teachers 7th Standards
New ReviewYoung poets view a model two-voice poem while discussing capitalization and punctuation. Pupils also complete an end-of-unit assessment about using strong evidence to support a literary analysis. 
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Revision: Best Draft of “Inside Out” and “Back Again” Poems (Final Performance Task)

For Teachers 8th Standards
As their final performance task, scholars read their poems to their research teams. The teams listen and give feedback on the flow between the two poems. Writers then take the feedback from their teams and revise their poems before...
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Analyzing Poems from Inside Out and Back Again to Develop Criteria for an Effective Poem

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars analyze a model poem to help guide their own poetry writing. They use Think-Pair-Share to discuss word choice and meaning in "Papaya Tree" and "Wet and Crying." To finish, they use their discussions to collect evidence on what...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 2, Lesson 14

For Teachers 11th Standards
It's time to put it all together! Using the resource, scholars complete an end-of-unit assessment. They write a multi-paragraph essay, comparing either Audre Lorde's "From the House of Yemanjá" or "An Address by Elizabeth Cady Stanton"...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 2, Lesson 13

For Teachers 11th Standards
Two minds are better than one. Learners engage in an evidence-based discussion to identify central ideas in Audre Lorde's poem "From the House of Yamanjá" and one additional nonfiction text. They complete a Cross-Evidence Collection Tool...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 2, Lesson 11

For Teachers 11th Standards
The speaker of Audre Lorde's poem "From the House of Yemanjá" describes her mother's two faces, adding a whole new meaning to the phrase two-faced. Pupils first read the final stanza of the contemporary poem. With a Quick Write, they...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 2, Lesson 10

For Teachers 11th Standards
The speaker of Audre Lorde's poem "From the House of Yemanjá" describes carrying two women on her back—she must be strong! Using lesson 10 of 14 from the Grade 11 ELA Module 2: Unit 2 series, pupils read the second stanza. With a Quick...
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Harlem Renaissance

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The music and literature of the Harlem Renaissance defined American culture, including its poetry. Using a poem from the period, individuals explore its musical qualities and how it is reflective of the period. Then, they use what they...
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Harlem Renaissance

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Individuals expressed the Harlem Renaissance in diverse forms of art, ranging from poetry to photography to painting. Learners explore pieces using a carefully curated collection from the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Included lessons ask...
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Elements of an Epic

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Mythic heroes, gods and goddesses, and epic tales come alive as young artists craft their own graphic novel or mind map for classic epics, including The Odyssey, Beowulf, Harry Potter, and Star Wars, identifying the six elements of every...
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Analyzing Impact of Word Choice and Figurative Language in "Barbie Doll"

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
After a close reading Marge Piercy's poem "Barbie Doll," class members craft an AP®-style explanatory essay in which they analyze the diction and other figurative literary devices the poet employs to deliver her commentary on modern...
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"The Opposites Game" by Brendan Constantine

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Brendan Constantine's anti-gun poem, "The Opposites Game," comes to life in a short video that animates the poem as Constantine recites it.
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Call the Tune: Music in Literature

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
I am dancing to the music in my head. Scholars learn to listen for music in their heads as they read literature and poems. After they identify and analyze poetic devices that relate to music, they create their own musical poems.
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How to Eat a Poem: Analyzing Craft and Structure

For Teachers 7th Standards
Engage, amuse, and intrigue middle schoolers with a reading and writing project that investigates poetry as a genre. The 14-page packet is packed with exercises designed to involve even the most reluctant readers.
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"First Kiss" by Tim Seibles

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Viewers have an opportunity to not only hear Tim Seibles read his poem "First Kiss" but to watch animations provided by a team of artists as well.
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Alliteration and Assonance Lesson Plan

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Scholars analyze the poem My Puppy Punched Me in the Eye by Ken Nesbitt in order to locate examples of alliteration and assonance. After reading the poem, alliterative words are underlined and assonant words are circled. 
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Poetry Portfolios: Using Poetry to Teach Reading

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Over the course of five periods, scholars create a poetry portfolio. They begin with a reading of the poem, Firefly. With a focus on vocabulary, learners reread the poem then look for sight words and other skills. 
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Simile and Metaphor Lesson Plan

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Similes and metaphors are the focus of a poetry lesson complete with two exercises. Scholars read poetry excerpts, underline comparative phrases, then identify whether it contains a simile or metaphor. They then write five similes and...
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"The Second Coming" by William Butler Yeats

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
War, anarchy, destruction ... William Butler Yeats's poem "The Second Coming" has a little something for everyone! With episode four from season one of the "There's a Poem for That" playlist, scholars watch an animated version of the...
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"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What happens when people take the road less traveled? Scholars explore the topic using the first episode from season one of the There's a Poem for That playlist. Viewers watch an animated adaptation of Robert Frost's classic and...
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Why Should You Read Sylvia Plath?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Are the works of Sylvia Plath relevant to the modern reader? The narrator of a short video argues for why viewers should read the works of Sylvia Plath,  citing lines from Plath's poetry and images from her stories.
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Langston Hughes

For Students 7th Standards
An author study provides learners the opportunity to explore in depth the life of, the influences on, and the works of a single literary figure. Introduce middle schoolers to Langston Hughes with a unit that models how to approach an...
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A Positive Response to a “Deferred Dream”

For Teachers 8th - 10th Standards
Langston Hughes' "Harlem" launches a study of how to respond positively when a personal dream is deferred. After a careful analysis of the poem, class members consider the various ways people can respond to difficult situations and how...
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Teaching Tone and Mood

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Tone and Mood are not synonymous! Introduce young readers to these literary devices with a series of exercises that not only point out the significant differences between the terms but also shows them how to identify both the tone and...
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Practice Test - English Language Arts Reading Comprehension

For Students 10th Standards
An English Language Arts Reading Comprehension Practice Test for Grade 10 asks scholars to read a poem and answer two multiple-choice questions about the poem. They finish the task by responding to an open-response essay question. 
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Strategies for Analyzing Poetry

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
While it may be true that roses are red and violets are blue, not every adolescent poem must begin with those lines. The lesson plan provides strategies for teaching poetry analysis, helping learners improve their own poetry writing....
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Form and Structure of Poetry

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
If anyone suffers from metrophobia—the fear of poetry—the PowerPoint on the elements of poetry may help alleviate their worries. The presentation introduces learners to poetic elements, including simile, metaphor, and personification....
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Discovering Genre: Poetry

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Work on literal and figurative meanings with a instructional activity focused on Robert Frost's "After Apple-Picking" and "The Road Not Taken." Readers identify the literary devices used by the poet to set the poems' themes, settings,...
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Lesson 8: Groups Create Dances Using Prosody; TRAIL Marker #2

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Groups create dances to showcase one phrase from a free-verse poem. Scholars reflect on their learning experience using an assessment in which class members respond to questions and share their feelings with their peers. 
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Lesson 7: Students Work Independently To Explore Words and Phrases In Poems Using Dance and Prosody

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Interpretive dance and prosody is the focus of a lesson designed to encourage movement and poetry analysis. Independently and in small groups, poetry enthusiasts explore a variety of free-verse poems, discuss specific words and phrases...
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Lesson 6: Read "Clothesline" By Ralph Fletcher; Explore Words and Phrases Through Mirror Dance

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
The five senses are the focus of a lesson designed to explore feelings that a poem evokes through a variety of words and phrases. After a read-aloud and grand conversation, scholars dance to the free-verse poem "Clothesline" by Ralph...
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Lesson 5: Create Dances With Prosody For “Sparklers;” TRAIL Marker #1

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
After a brain dance to warm up gross motor skills, small groups create and present a dance that showcases the free-verse poem "Sparklers" by Mark Vinz. The lesson closes with a progress monitoring system designed to assess comprehension...
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Lesson 4: Instruct On Prosody; Explore Words and Phrases In Sparklers

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Introduce the importance of prosody with a instructional activity that spotlights the free-verse poem "Sparklers" by Mark Vinz. Poetry enthusiasts begin with a discussion about using feeling and expression. They then take part in a vocal...
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Lesson 3: Read Sparklers By Mark Vinz And Instruct On Dance Concepts

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Poetry enthusiasts read the poem, Sparklers by Mark Vinz, discuss their feelings after hearing it, and create an interpretive dance based on the emotions it provoked. 
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Lesson 2: Explore Words And Phrases In Dragonfly And Instruct On The Dance Skills

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Encourage pupils to get up and move! A lesson showcases the free-verse poem "Dragonfly" by Georgia Heard, and challenges scholars to express feelings through interpretive dance. 
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The Road Not Taken

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Every time you make a choice, it prevents another option from taking shape. Spend some time analyzing "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost with a reading activity that includes four discussion questions that recall evidence from the text.
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War Is Kind

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Ponder the complexities of war, peace, and country with Stephen Crane's "War is Kind." After reading the poem, learners answer six questions in a class discussion or as an individual assessment.
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How Can Poetry Make People Think and Care?

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Can beautiful words change the world? Literary scholars discover how to paint their visions of change using poetry in a series of three workshops. Each independent topic gives participants a chance to examine their feelings about...
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Poetry: Writers on Writing

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Poets bring images to life with poetic forms, style and word choice, and figurative language.  A comprehensive poetry unit focuses on key reading skills, literary skills, and writing skills. In addition, every poem within the unit...
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Poetry Explications

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Explication may sound like a fancy word, but it's just a fancy way to say analysis. Using a handout on poetry explications, part of a larger series on specific writing assignments, writers learn how to break down and analyze a poem. The...
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Water/Ways: The Poetry of Science

For Teachers 1st - 12th Standards
Water is the source of life. It appears in poetry in both peaceful and torrential descriptions; it appears in earth science in its liquid, gaseous, and solid states. Combine these interpretations of our planet's most precious and...
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Free Verse Poetry Rubric

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Follow poetry instruction with a four-category rubric designed to guide budding poets' writing of free verse poetry. 
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A Poetic Revolution

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Whitman and Dickinson are poet rebels responsible for the birth of Modernism. The resource comes complete with a selection of poetry from each, such as "Song of Myself" (Whitman) and "Because I could not Stop for Death" (Dickinson), as...
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Longfellow's "The Village Blacksmith" and Whitman's "Song of Myself"

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Although the work Americans do has changed over time, the plight of the American worker has largely remained the same. Facilitate a class discussion aboutAmerican workers using Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The Village Blacksmith" and...
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Nostalgia

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
To prepare for crafting their own memoir, class members examine poetry by Margaret Atwood, Billy Collins, Robert Hayden, and Claude McKay, stories by Richard Rodriquez and Willa Cather, and Barry Levinson's film Avalon. They examine how...
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Core Assessment Module: I Too Sing America

For Teachers 7th Standards
What does being an American mean? Scholars explore this question through Langston Hughes' poem, "I, Too, Sing America." The sixth of 10 lessons is scaffolded to begin with taking notes about the poem, then have learners complete a...
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Poetic Elements

For Students 9th - 12th
Poetry is all about sound and rhythm. The sound of the words, the rhythm of the lines, and the emotional atmosphere created by these elements and the literary devices poets use, compress whole stories into a few stanzas. The specialized...
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An Introduction to T.S. Eliot's The Sacred Wood

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Do poets need to be familiar with strategies and techniques use by past and contemporary poets in order to be successful? They do according to T.S. Eliot. An intriguing video offers an overview of the key ideas in T.S. Eliot's The Sacred...
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Early American Poets

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
The poems of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson are the focus of a unit that asks readers to consider how an artist's life and changes in society influences his or her work. After careful study of Whitman's and Dickinson's perspectives on...
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Teaching Emily Dickinson: A Common Core Close Reading Seminar

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Three of Emily Dickinson's poems, "I like to see it," "Because I could not stop for Death," and "We grow accustomed to the Dark," provide instructors with an opportunity to model for class members how to use close reading strategies to...
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Poe’s “The Raven” – Unity of Effect

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
How do Poe's choices of imagery, rhythm and rhyme scheme, and structure help build the desired single effect of "The Raven"? After listening to a dramatic reading of the poem, class members consider whether Poe's choices do create a...
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Teaching Shakespeare: Sonnet 73

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
It's that time of year to consider how Shakespeare selects his images and structures his Sonnet 73 to develop the meaning of the poem. Class members examine the rhyme scheme, the indented lines, the conceit, and the images used in each...
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Rhyme and Repetition in Poe's "Annabel Lee"

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Many and many a year ago Edgar Allan Poe crafted the chilling tale of "Annabel Lee." The poem is the perfect vehicle to introduce Poe's concept of unity of effect, the idea that every element in a poem or story should help to develop a...
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Writing About Literature: Exploring Themes About Conformity

For Students 7th Standards
Feeling the pressure to confirm is something any adolescent can relate to. Explore an essential theme with a response to literature assessment that prompts learners to identify main ideas with evidence and supporting details.
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The Summer Fun Summer Learning Poetry Unit

For Teachers 1st - 8th Standards
Focus on poetry this summer to enhance those comprehension, fluency, and language skills with a set of resources intended to explore different types of poetry, specifically lyric poetry. The daily activities contain differentiation ideas...
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The Road Not Taken

For Students 7th Standards
An effective lesson plan truly can make all the difference. Seventh graders read, analyze, and annotate Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken" before writing an essay about what they believe to be the theme of the iconic poem.
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Women

For Students 9th Standards
Alice Walker's poem "Women" provides ninth graders the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to identify how a writer's choice of syntax and diction contribute to the development of the theme of the work.
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The Poetry of Bob Dylan

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Bob Dylan's selection as the 2016 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, the first songwriter ever to receive the honor, has focused the attention of a new generation on the work of the legendary artist. Class members analyze the...
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What Makes a Poem … a Poem?

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
What makes a poem a poem? The narrator of a short video wades into the debate with the contention that the three characteristics that poems share are musical qualities, condensed language, and intense feelings.
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Every Thing On It Lessons and Activities

For Students 1st - 3rd Standards
Honor the great poet, Shel Silverstein with eighteen activities and lessons showcasing his collection of poems from the book, Every Thing On It. Activities challenge scholars to rhyme words, make inferences, recite a poem, and more! 
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Ode to Ethiopia

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Phillis Whedatley's “On Being Brought from Africa to America” and Paul Laurence Dunbar's “Ode to Ethiopia” offer an opportunity for readers to respond to paired text questions. Using evidence from the poems to respond to questions,...
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Ozymandias

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Ozymandias" provides the text for a comprehension assessment. Readers practice using evidence from the sonnet to respond to 10 questions.
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Practice with Poetry

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
William Shakespeare's Sonnet 138 is the focus of a reading comprehension exercise that asks readers to answer to five questions using evidence drawn from the poem to support their response.
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Practice Reading Poetry

For Students 2nd - 4th Standards
Identify the rhyme scheme in a worksheet that features "Mary Had a Little Lamb." Readers use the nursery rhyme to reinforce poetic elements in four comprehension questions.
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City Autumn

For Students 6th Standards
Glimpse a beautiful moment through poetry with a reading comprehension activity. As sixth graders read through "City Autumn" by Joseph Moncure March, they answer ten questions about the setting, mood, vocabulary, and punctuation of the...
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Tone Worksheet 5

For Students 6th - 9th Standards
A speaker's attitude toward his or her subject matter determines the tone of a piece of literature. Interpret the tone of four different poems, as well as their meanings, with supporting textual details.
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Tone Worksheet 4

For Students 6th - 9th Standards
A poet's word choice can be the difference between a poem that is merely sad, and a poem full of heartbreaking regret. Middle schoolers discern the tone in four different poems, noting the relevant textual evidence that supports each...
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Tone Worksheet 2

For Students 6th - 9th Standards
The beauty of a poem is lost without an understanding of its tone. Middle schoolers connect author's purpose and word choice to four poems in a literary analysis activity, which prompts them to note each poem's tone and meaning.
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 13

For Teachers 9th Standards
Whether the planks hide the beating of a hideous heart, or they break away to the madness beneath, their presence makes itself known in the final lesson of a literary analysis unit. Having gathered textual evidence from "The Tell-Tale...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 12

For Teachers 9th Standards
What happens when a tenuous grasp on sanity begins to slip? Compare Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" and Emily Dickinson's "I Felt a Funeral, in my Brain" with a lesson focused on the development of a common central idea. High...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 11

For Teachers 9th Standards
The rules for capitalization are strict and inflexible—until you experience the fluid beauty of an Emily Dickinson poem. Ninth graders test their existing knowledge of language arts conventions with the many bent grammar rules in "I Felt...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 10

For Teachers 9th Standards
An engaging unit connects Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson's shared themes of madness and departure from reality. The 10th lesson in the unit explores Dickinson's figurative language and structure choices in "I Felt a Funeral, in my...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 9

For Teachers 9th Standards
Continue analyzing literature using textual evidence with a lesson focused on "I Felt A Funeral, in my Brain" by Emily Dickinson. Ninth graders bring their annotation skills and knowledge of figurative language from the previous...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 7

For Teachers 10th Standards
Can three works of literature work together to establish and develop a common central idea? Put your thoughts into writing with a final assessment focused on a unit-long analysis of Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepard to His...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 4

For Teachers 10th Standards
High schoolers often struggle with integrating quotes into their writing. Guide them through the most successful and efficient ways to address a text with a literary analysis instructional activity. As learners find examples of...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 2

For Teachers 10th Standards
If you only read a poem once, you'll miss many levels of analysis and comprehension. High schoolers finish reading "The Passionate Shepard to His Love" by Christopher Marlowe, and discuss the ways that the poem's organization contributes...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 1

For Teachers 10th Standards
Can authors speak to each other across works, genres, and even centuries? Study the conversation between Christopher Marlowe in his poem "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love," and the responses by Sir Walter Raleigh and William Carlos...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 5

For Teachers 10th Standards
If you've ever wished you could respond to an author's message, a lesson that connects three poems with the same concept will appeal to you. Based on the first few lessons' focus on Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepard to His...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 6

For Teachers 10th Standards
Wrap up your literary analysis unit with a discussion activity as tenth graders prepare for an end-of-unit assessment. After they have read and annotated Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepard to His Love," Sir Walter Raleigh's...
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Analyzing Structure and Theme in Stanza 4 of “If”

For Teachers 6th Standards
Here is a lesson that provides scholars with two opportunities to stretch their compare and contrast muscles. First, learners compare and contrast their experience of reading the fourth stanza of If by Rudyard Kipling to the listening...
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Looking Closely at Stanza 3—Identifying Rules to Live By Communicated in “If”

For Teachers 6th Standards
Just as Bud, from the novel Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis had rules to live by; so does the poem, If by Rudyard Kipling, but how do the two relate? Pupils delve deep into the poem's third stanza, participate in a grand...
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Notices, Wonders, and Vocabulary of the Third Stanza of “If”

For Teachers 6th Standards
How does one's experience reading a poem's text differ from listening to its audio version? Delve into the insightful question with the poem, If by Rudyard Kipling, as pupils compare and contrast their experience using a note-taking...
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Looking Closely at Stanza 2—Identifying Rules to Live By Communicated in “If”

For Teachers 6th Standards
Pupils take part in a close reading of the poem, If by Rudyard Kipling, in which they delve deep into its meaning and identify its rules to live by. As the grand discussion moves on, learners then relate the poem's rules with those found...
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Notices and Wonders of the Second Stanza of “If”

For Teachers 6th Standards
Here is a lesson that asks pupils to analyze poetry, and sparks discussion about two different types of texts; asking how is the poem, If by Rudyard Kipling, alike and different from the story, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis?...
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Looking Closely at Stanza 1—Identifying Rules to Live By Communicated in “If”

For Teachers 6th Standards
Here is a lesson in which pupils connect themes and rules to live by from the story Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis to those found in the poem If by Rudyard Kipling. First, scholars discuss their reading and review Bud's rules;...
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Introducing “If” and Noting Notices and Wonders of the First Stanza

For Teachers 6th Standards
After reading chapter 14 of the story Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, scholars take part in a read aloud of the poem If by Rudyard Kipling and compare it to the reading of Bud, Not Buddy. Learners then go deeper into the poem...
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Sixth Grade Poetry

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Study some of the most prominent poets and works of poetry in history with a language arts poetry unit. From Virgil to Shakespeare to Dickinson to Angelou, the resources present biographies and examples of poetic elements to the sixth...
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Poetry Anticipation Guide

For Students 4th - 8th
Is poetry easier to write than other forms of literature? Does it always have to rhyme? The future poets in your class read several statements about the structure, meaning, and importance of poetry before listing the best lyrics from...
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The Poet Who Painted with His Words

For Students 9th - 12th
Guillaume Apollinare, known for his calligrams—shape poems—is the subject of a short video that introduces viewers to the works of this amazing artist.
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Exploring Contrasts in "The Lanyard," by Billy Collins

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
A good gift is hard to find. A “worn truth,” perhaps, as Billy Collins says in his poem, “The Lanyard,” but true nonetheless. After a study of Collins’ tribute to a mother’s love, young poets select an object that sends them “into the...
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Poetry Analysis

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Gain greater insight into poems using a poetry analysis worksheet. Here, scholars follow steps and answer questions to dissect any poem. Topics include the poem's meaning, theme, technique, and structure, as well as personal thoughts and...
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Lyric Poetry

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Discover lyric poetry through a reading of Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar and analyze its meaning with three short-answer questions covering symbolism, personification, alliteration, metaphors, and similes. 
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Poetry Unit

For Teachers 3rd - 4th Standards
Third and fourth graders examine the many writing crafts that poets use to convey their message, such as rhythm, imagery, and repetition. By dissecting a poem into stanzas and analyzing the lines in each stanza, young poets are able to...
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Yeats and the Poetry of Ireland

For Students 6th - 10th Standards
W.B. Yeats' poem, "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" is featured on a worksheet that asks readers to respond to a series of reading comprehension questions.
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Symbolism

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
William Blake's "The Sick Rose" provides class members with an opportunity to practice identifying symbols and discussing their levels of meaning.
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The Pied Piper of Hamelin

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
Is it a story of greed? Opportunism? Revenge? Robert Browning's poetic retelling of the German legend of the Pied Piper is the focus of a comprehension exercise that asks readers to cite evidence from the poem to support answers to...
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An Obstacle

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
What does it take to overcome an obstacle as big as sexism? The speaker in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's poem "An Obstacle" meets Prejudice, a character in this case, face-to-face. Learners read the poem and respond to a series of...
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Invictus

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
Invite your pupils to consider the poem "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley and its relationship with overcoming adversity. Learners read the poem and respond to three questions that relate to the text.
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My Lost Youth

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Ask your learners to ponder the value of youth as they read the pome "My Lost Youth" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. After reading, they respond to several questions about the content, message, and style of the poem.
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Making a Fist

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
Practice poetry analysis with this resource built around Naomi Shihab Nye's "Making a Fist." Class members read the poem and then respond to a series of text-based and discussion questions.
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The New Colossus

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
The Statue of Liberty is one of the United States' most iconic monuments. Learners examine the poem "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus, which is engraved on the Statue of Liberty's pedestal. They then respond to a series of text-based...
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The Echoing Green

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
Examine William Blake's "The Echoing Green" and its message about youth. Learners read the poem and then respond to text-dependent questions as well as discussion-style questions.
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Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What is the value of youth? Explore this question and more through an analysis of Thomas Gray's poem, "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College." After reading the poem, class members respond to five text-based questions.
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The Children’s Hour

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Examine youth and adulthood with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, "The Children's Hour." Class members read the poem while considering the value of youth. They then respond to four text-based questions and jot down some notes in...
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Nothing Gold Can Stay

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
See you you keep your pupils' poetry analysis skills gold by requiring them to look closely at Robert Frost's "Nothing Gold Can Stay." Learners read the poem and respond to text-based and discussion questions.
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Morning in the Burned House

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Pupils explore Margaret Atwood's use of literary devices such as symbolism and metaphor in Morning in the Burned House, and then follow their reading of the poem with text-based and discussion questions.
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If

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
If you want your class to study the poem "If," by Rudyard Kipling, in depth, then this might be just the resource for you. After reading the full poem, class members respond to eight text-dependent questions and three discussion-style...
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On Turning Ten

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
"At four I was an Arabian wizard...but now I am mostly at the window, watching the late afternoon light." Pupils read a moving piece by award-winning American poet Billy Collins about youth and growing up, and then respond to a series...
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A Poison Tree

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Explore William Blake's poem "A Poison Tree." Learners read the poem and then respond to four text-based questions and four higher-level discussion questions.
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Love and Friendship

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
"But which will bloom most constantly?" Ask your learners to examine the representations of love and friendship in Emily Bronte's poem. Class members answer four text-based questions and jot down some ideas for larger discussion questions.
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"Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Dylan Thomas's poem, "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" offers readers an opportunity to hone their critical thinking and literary analysis skills as they respond to the series of text-based and discussion questions on this activity.
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Out Where the West Begins

For Students 7th - 11th Standards
Examine the mythology of the American West with Arthur Chapman's poem "Out Where the West Begins." Learners read the poem, answer text-dependent questions, and take some notes on a few more questions to prepare for a class discussion.
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End-of-Year Practice Test (Grade 6 ELA/Literacy)

For Students 6th Standards
With the end of the year quickly approaching it's time to find out exactly how much your sixth graders have learned. Specifically designed for the Common Core ELA standards, this practice test gives students five reading passages,...
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Performance-Based Assessment Practice Test (Grade 4 ELA/Literacy)

For Students 4th Standards
Track the progress of your fourth graders' reading and writing skills with this practice Common Core assessment. Based on a collection of six reading passages that include narrative stories, poetry, and a series of informational...
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Ode to my Suit

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Introduce young poets to personification and synecdoche with Pablo Neruda's "Ode to my Suit." After a study of the poem, individuals are asked to craft their own ode to a common thing.
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Core Analysis Frame: Poetry

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Dig deep into any piece of poetry with a set of analysis questions. Ponder the content, form, and language of poetry and provide some question for critique. The first two pages include general questions, and the remainder of the document...
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TP-CASTT Practice

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Acronyms can help learners remember facts and analyze poetry. This resource includes graphic organizers for TP-CASTT, SOAPS, SOAPSTone, and DIDLS. Class members can try out one or all of these strategies to assist with that difficult job...
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George Gray: Edgar Lee Masters

For Students 9th - 12th
What image would you have carved on your tombstone? What idea would this image represent? What image would you select to represent a life with meaning? Ask your class members these questions after reading Edgar Lee Masters’ poem “George...
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Whatif by Shel Silverstein

For Teachers 3rd - 4th Standards
What a skillful way to incorporate Shel Silverstein, a wonderful author, into the classroom. Composed of three tasks, children are led through a series of text-dependent questions that force them to unveil the meaning of Silverstein's...
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"Your Son, Your Only One" - The Sacrifice of Isaac as a Motif in Holocaust Poetry

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Class groups examine a series of poems that use Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac as a motif in Holocaust poetry. Included are questions, notes to the teacher, and bibliographical information on each poem. The activities could be...
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"She Walks in Beauty" Analysis

For Students 9th - 12th
Introduce your class to the poetry of Lord Byron. This poem, "She Walks in Beauty," is one of his most famous poems. Read through it on the first page, and then walk your class through an analysis using the second page. Readers discuss...
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"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" by William Wordsworth

For Students 7th - 12th
Read William Wordsworth's "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" with your poetry enthusiasts. First, learners review seven literary terms (like quatrain, hyperbole, and alliteration), and then they read the poem at hand. Using the second page,...
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Lesson: Unfolding Water Lilies

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Comparing two different artistic mediums can be a welcome challenge. Learners compare Monet's The Water Lily Pond to three nature-inspired poems. They consider how each art form is interrelated, descriptive, and expressive. They then...
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"Alone" Poem and Questions

For Students 7th - 12th
Everyone is alone at some point in their lives. Read the included poem and answer the questions provided. Eight questions help readers analyze the text; they look at structure, the theme of being alone, and any poetic devices the author...
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Lesson: That Long Jakes

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Cross-media analysis takes time and attention to detail. The class analyzes the painting Long Jakes and the poem "Backward Bill." They pay attention to the similarities and differences in each piece, looking for details that describe the...
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Lesson: Paul Chan: Tree of Life

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Paul Chan's work has been known to show the cycle of change. Learners explore the concept of change by analyzing his work and reading the poem "For Which it Stands." They consider symbolism, communication, art, and society as they use...
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Analyzing For Tone: AP Literature - DIDLS

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Help your poetry readers analyze for tone! This graphic organizer encourages learners to focus on diction, imagery, details, language, and syntax. It can be used with any poem, but consider reading a poem as a whole group and completing...
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Refugee Voices

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Foster empathy and expose your class to the hardships of refugees. First, learners listen to, read, and analyze the poem "Refugee Blues" by W.H. Auden. They then use this poem as a model for their own poem that uses voice, imagery, and...
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Poetry Reading: Analysis Worksheet

For Students 7th - 9th
Explore poetry by reading the poem "The Walloping Window Blind" by Charles E. Carryl, and completing an analysis with your class. The worksheet provides the entire poem, a graphic organizer to help with summarizing and paraphrasing, and...
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Become a Telescope: Poetry Analysis

For Students 6th - 9th
Designed to be used with any poem assigned, this activity encourages learners to "become a telescope." As they read, they record words or lines that appeal to them and the thoughts they have when they read them. Then, after they've read...
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Poems: "The Rabbit"

For Students 4th Standards
In pairs or on their own, fourth graders read the poem, "The Rabbit." They then answer eight critical-analysis questions, requiring them to make inferences, and interpret the poem's meaning and use of language. The reading passage,...
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Poetry Reading and Analysis Worksheet: The Raven

For Students 6th - 10th
"Quoth the Raven, Nevermore!" Analyze Edgar Allen Poe's quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore with this poetry analysis activity. After reading "The Raven" in the first few pages of the handout, learners choose six lines to...
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Two Sides of Every Story: Unit 1 Task 1

For Teachers 7th Standards
To learn how various authors choose to portray a single historical event from the Vietnam era, 7th graders create a poem. They read through various song lyrics and historical texts to pull out words that work to convey a specific meaning...
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Writing Poetry Like a Pro

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Upper elementary learners discover classic and contemporary poetry. They read several poems, discover the power of performing them, and analyze the different parts that make the poems work. At the end, they use what they learned to...
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Edward Lear, Limericks, and Nonsense

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Introduce your class to the delights of nonsense poetry and explore literary devices with the writing of Edward Lear. Learners identify rhyme and meter as well as figures of speech, alliteration, and onomatopoeia in "The Owl and the...
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The Poetry of Chinese Immigration

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Numerous people from China immigrated to the US during the era of industrialization and expansion. Provide your class with a glimpse into the life of a Chinese immigrant through the poetry they left behind. They then compose a poem of...
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Found Poem Worksheet

For Students 6th - 8th
If you're teaching your class about the cycle of life and want to include a poetry element, consider this exercise. It provides a link to a Found Poem (a poem created from others' words, but an original idea) that includes words...
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A Sad Song about Greenwich Village: Poetry Analysis

For Students 6th - 8th
This is a nice worksheet for beginner poetry explicators. The poem, "A Sad Song about Greenwich Village" provides the avenue for exploring rhyme, paraphrasing, interesting diction, description, main idea, and title.
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Christmas Bells

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students read and analyze the anti-slavery poem, "Christmas Bells" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. They discuss the content and form of the poem, write an essay, write an original poem, examine how this anti-slavery poem was converted...
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Practical Criticism

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
As an introduction to literary criticism, class members recreate I.A. Richards' close reading experiment. Individuals select a poem, paraphrase the story, focus on the imagery used, consider what the imagery adds to the tale, and...
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Preparing for Poetry: A Reader's First Steps

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine denotation and connotation in language, and paraphrase a poem. They read and analyze a sonnet by iam Shakespeare, analyze the attitude and tone, paraphrase a poem, and create a thesis about a poem based on textual...
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Lesson 3: A Poem's Theme

For Teachers 5th Standards
Leaf by Leaf: Autumn Poems by Barbara Rogasky is the foundation of this lesson on theme identification. Critical thinkers read three different poems from the book then attempt to find the message the author is sending her readers. They...
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TIME Magazine: Walt Whitman

For Students 7th - 9th
Include this activity about Walt Whitman's immortal "O Captain! My Captain!" in your poetry or transcendentalism unit. Containing a short biography about Whitman as well as the text of the poem, the worksheet prompts learners to answer...
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Poetry Reading and Analysis Worksheet - "There is no Frigate Like a Book"

For Students 7th - 9th
Include this activity in your poetry unit to address paraphrasing and poetic devices (rhyme scheme, structure, etc). Based on Emily Dickinson's "There is no Frigate Like a Book," the instructional activity prompts students to paraphrase...
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TIME Magazine: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

For Students 7th - 9th
Use Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The Village Blacksmith" to practice poetry analysis and comprehension with your middle schoolers. Three activities with three questions each guide young readers before the reading, during the reading,...
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Poetry Reading and Analysis Worksheet - "Woman Work" by Maya Angelou

For Students 7th - 9th
Examine poetic structure and literary devices in an activity focused on Maya Angelou's "Woman Work." The first two pages provide the full text of the poem, which middle schoolers can annotate and highlight. They go on to complete a...
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Poetry Reading and Analysis Worksheet - As You Like It

For Students 7th - 9th
Enhance your lesson on Shakespeare with this poetry activity. After reading lines 139-167 from As You Like It Act II, Scene 7 (provided on the first page), middle schoolers work on a graphic organizer to paraphrase each part of the poem....
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Poetry Reading and Analysis Worksheet - "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"

For Students 7th - 9th
Even if you have "miles to go before [you] sleep," this poetry activity will be a great way to teach description and rhyme scheme to your middle schoolers. After reading and annotating Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy...
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Poetry Reading and Analysis: "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"

For Students 7th - 9th
Indulge your class in some classic iambic tetrameter with this poetry analysis activity on William Wordsworth's "I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud." The first page supplies the entire poem with space for annotation, and the last two pages...
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Poetry Reading and Analysis Worksheet - "Apostrophe to the Ocean"

For Students 7th - 9th
If your pupils "love not man the less, but nature more," they will enjoy this poetry activity. The first two pages provide the full text of "Apostrophe to the Ocean" by Lord Byron, which middle schoolers can annotate and highlight. The...
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Poetry Reading and Analysis Worksheet -

For Students 7th - 9th
Inspire your young poets with this poetry analysis activity, which features James Weldon Johnson's "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing." The first page provides the entire poem, and the last two pages include activities for your class to...
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Poetry Reading and Analysis Worksheet - A Narrow Fellow in the Grass

For Students 7th - 9th
Explore the complex world of Emily Dickinson with this activity on "A Narrow Fellow in the Grass." The first page supplies the entire poem, and the last two pages prompt readers to summarize and analyze Dickinson's poetic devices. The...
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Poetry Reading and Analysis Worksheet

For Students 7th - 11th
"Things are not what they seem" in this poetry activity, which discusses Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "A Psalm of Life." Your students will see the world through the eyes of the transcendentalists after analyzing the meaning, context,...
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Poetry Analysis: Small Group Practice

For Teachers 7th Standards
New ReviewHowdy partner! After discussion and teacher model reading of Slaveships, scholars pair up for a partner reading of the poem. They then use equity sticks to discuss their thoughts of the poem with the class. Readers talk about allusion,...
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End of Unit Assessment: Poetry Analysis

For Teachers 7th Standards
New ReviewLearners finish the end-of-unit assessment by completing a poetry analysis of We Wear the Mask. Scholars may use their Poet’s Toolbox reference sheets and How to Read a Poem anchor charts to guide them through the assessment. 
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Poetic Tools in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

For Teachers 7th Standards
New ReviewScholars listen to a reading and answer probing questions about If We Must Die by Claude McKay. Readers annotate their personal copies of the poem as they discuss its figurative language, vocabulary, and meaning. They then transfer their...
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Examining a Model Two-Voice Poem and Planning a Two-Voice Poem

For Teachers 7th Standards
New ReviewSuccessful poetry writing requires three P's: planning, preparation, and practice. Pupils read a model two-voice poem and discuss how the author uses evidence to develop the theme. With a partner, scholars use a rubric to analyze the...
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Author’s Craft: Poetry and Prose

For Teachers 8th Standards
During a drama circle, scholars take a close look at the play created in the play A Midsummer Night's Dream. The pupils read Act 3 Scene 1 and turn and talk to their partners about the scene. They then complete a handout and discuss the...
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Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day? (Sonnet 18)

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
Shakespeare's "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day" provides readers with an opportunity to practice their close reading and analysis skills as they find evidence in the sonnet to respond to a series of discussion questions.
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Unit 15: Launching Liberty - Democracy in Liberia

For Teachers 2nd - 12th Standards
While Liberia is named after "liberty," the nation has struggled with political turmoil. It was founded by free African Americans in the 1820s, but has been plagued by civil war and violence in recent decades. Various activities,...
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Poetry Analysis

For Students 8th - 12th
Ready to assess understanding of the elements in your poetry study? Here's a activity that begins by asking readers to identify elements like the title and author of the poem and progresses to the more abstract elements of analysis, like...
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The Land of Story-Books

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
Robert Louis Stevenson's poem "The Land of Story-Books" launches a discussion of the imaginary adventures of childhood and the value of youth.
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The Blind Men and the Elephant

For Students 7th - 8th
After reading "The Blind Men and the Elephant" class members respond to a series of text-based questions and then discuss their answers with the whole class.
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"El Olivido"

For Students 7th - 12th
After teaching your class how to analyze poetry, provide them with this summative assessment. They read the poem "El Olivido" by Judith Ortiz Cofer, identifying unknown words in context, identifying the author's tone, and making...
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Themes of Perseverance: Langston Hughes

For Students 9th - 12th
The class reads a short comment on the symbolism of rivers in the Langston Hughes poem, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers." They respond to a question about the relationship between rivers and the black community and a question about the...
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Poetry Analysis-TPPCASTT

For Students 7th - 10th
How does one go about analyzing poetry? Distribute this poetry guide to help your middle and high schoolers analyze any poem they (or you) choose. Seven questions encourage readers to study the title, structure, meaning, literary...
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Searching for Meanings Beneath the Surface of the Poem

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students analyze poetry. In this cultural perspectives lesson plan, students read the poem "Soccer Until Dusk" by Mark Brazaitis. Students analyze the poem and consider the cultural perspective it reveals.
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"The Great Figure": Theme of Technology and Modernization

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
Learners respond to four short answer and essay questions based on themes in the poem "The Great Figure" by William Carlos Williams. The poem itself is not included, but the questions could lead to some very interesting class discussions!
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"The Great Figure": Theme of Time

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Click on and read the poem "The Great Figure" by William Carlos Williams, and then answer the four short answer and essay questions based on themes therein. A link to the summary and analysis questions is also included. 
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Using Pre-reading Strategies: Infer

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Use this resource to support your class practicing inference with poetry and visual art. The plan calls for an examination of "The Scream" by Edvard Munch and the "Mona Lisa" to promote speculation about artist's intent. From there, it...
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Fire and Ice Questions

For Students 7th - 12th
After reading "Fire and Ice," have your class answer these seven thought-provoking questions. Some questions ask readers to connect with the text while others require the learner to reference the text in order to provide an answer. 
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"Playing in the Snow" - Reading Comprehension (Poem)

For Students 5th - 7th
Have your English language learners puzzle through this activity. Class members read the incomplete poem about playing in the snow and use the given words to complete poem. This is challenging since some of the spaces are ambiguous. Ask...
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CTBS Reading Practice #1

For Students 6th - 8th
Expose your class to a variety of excerpts of poetry with a reading practice activity. There are four excerpts from different poems included in this resource; there are three to five related questions for each poem. Learners read each...
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Two Sides to Every Story: Task 2 Day 3-5

For Teachers 7th Standards
After reading the poem "It Happened in Montgomery," learners start analyzing. They read, re-read, highlight, and discuss the poem, how it portrays a historical event, main idea, and supporting details. This is a single part of a larger...
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Money Can't Buy Everything: Writing Poetry

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Explore consumerism by reading poetry. Learners define the terms synonym and antonym while utilizing a thesaurus to replace certain words in a money related poem. They then discuss the relationship between money, words, and happiness.
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Can You Haiku?

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Everyone loves haikus! They're short, quick, and fun to write! Analyze the rules and conventions of haiku. Readers interpret examples of haiku and develop a vocabulary for writing haiku. Then they compose a haiku based on a personal...
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Goblin Market Theme of Sex

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Learners will read then analyze the story "Goblin Market" then discuss themes of sex and lost virginity. There are 5 questions and a series related links to help them take a critical look at an interesting children's story. This story...
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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd: "Nymphs Grow Old and Shepherds Grow Cold"

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Explore pastoral poetry with your eager readers. They take notes on Sir Walter Raleigh using a "guided notes" worksheet, then read "A Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd." They work to interpret the poem's theme based on their knowledge of the...
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In Emily Dickinson's Own Words: Letters and Poems

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Analyze the depth and beauty of American Literature by reading Emily Dickinson's letters and poems. The class analyzes Dickinson's poetic style and discusses Thomas Wentworth Higginson's editorial relationship with Dickinson. They pay...
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Extreme Poetry Vocabulary

For Teachers 12th
Challenge your class with this comprehensive list of literary vocabulary words. Learners take a pre-test, look up definitions, come up with an example, and then take a post-test. You might use this prior to a unit about poetic devices in...
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Poetry Reading & Analysis Worksheet

For Students 8th - 11th
Introduce your learners to Rudyard Kipling with this reading and analysis worksheet on the poem "If." Poetry readers paraphrase the poem to better understand the meaning and answer a variety of questions about the text, the author, and...
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Not So Much a Lesson, More a Song and Dance

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Inspired by Britain's National Poetry Day, this resource will help your class analyze poetry. You will find a variety of poetry analysis methods to work through with your class. Finish by having each person compose an original poem.