Sonic Patterns: Exploring Poetic Techniques Through Close Reading

Robert Hayden's poem "Those Winter Sundays" serves as the anchor text in a five-part lesson that takes the mystery out of poetry analysis by modeling explicit strategies for pupils to employ to conduct a close reading of a poem. After examining the sonic devices Hayden incorporates to reveal the relationship between the father and son, scholars craft their own memory poem or vignette using sensory images.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Ask class members to locate and list examples from the poem of the terms found on the "Literary Terms Quick Reference" printout
Classroom Considerations
  • Class members require access to devices with internet connections for sessions one and two
  • Share a link to the Bio-Cube tool with students or pre-load the resource on classroom devices
  • Set aside extra prep time to prepare copies of the included handouts
Pros
  • The step-by-step plan is richly detailed and carefully scaffolded
Cons
  • None