Poetry Explication Sheet

Crafting a sound analysis and interpretation of a poem requires paying attention to specific elements and devices used by the poet. A Poetry Explication Sheet asks readers to make notes on particular aspects of a poem and find examples that demonstrate these elements.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Model the process by reading a poem and completing a worksheet with input from the class
  • Demonstrate how to use the information on the worksheet to craft an analysis or interpretation of the poem
Classroom Considerations
  • An overview of the complete unit is linked in the Included Materials section of this review
  • Appropriate for any study of poetry 
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • The worksheet encourages close reading of a poem
  • The 17 questions are scaffolded in such a way that readers first collect evidence from the poem and then use this evidence to craft an analysis
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