Teach This Poem: "Maps" by Yesenia Montilla

After examining a physical map of the world, learners conduct a close reading of Yesenia Montilla's poem "Maps." They note the interesting words and phrases, the way the poem is structured, and list questions they might have. After sharing their notes in small groups, scholars use evidence from their notes to support their assessment of how the poet feels about maps.

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Instructional Ideas
  • End the lesson by projecting a topographical map of the world for class members to examine
  • Include the poem in a geography or map reading lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Part of the Academy of American Poets "Teach This Poem" series
  • Interdisciplinary resources accompany the poems
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Pros
  • Includes an image of a world physical map and discussion questions
  • The linked teacher reference details the approach used in the lesson
Cons
  • None