How to Eat a Poem: Analyzing Craft and Structure

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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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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a poetTREE graphic; have class members label the branches with poetic terms, and add leaves that include examples drawn from poems
Classroom Considerations

  • Rather than complete lessons, the packet suggests how information may be presented in the 14-day unit
  • Requires multiple copies of multiple poems

  • Links are provided to all the anchor texts
  • Includes suggestions for readers who need more support as well as for readers who are ready for extensions
  • Also included is a pacing plan for instructors who teach several ELA sections per day


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