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Poetry analysis lessons can allow students to explore the mechanics of poetry, and the emotions evoked.
Young scholars read a poem and use the TPCASTT strategy for analysis. In this poetry analysis activity, students journal about their future goals and read John Updike's "Ex-Basketball Player." Young scholars discuss the purpose of the poem and complete a TPCASTT graphic organizer. Students complete the 'No Regrets Thought Questions' worksheet.
Analyzing poetry can be done using a variety of techniques that tap into student's prior knowledge.
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 of analyzing poetry.
Students explore language arts by viewing movie clips in class. In this poetry analysis instructional activity, students view scenes from the movie "In Her Shoes" and define what poetry is. Students read the poem "One Art" and identify its rhymes and poetic form.
In this poetry analysis worksheet, students respond to 21 short answer questions about the noted poems by Jarrell, Frost, Dickinson, Masters, and Whitman.
Read a poem, any poem, and use this graphic organizer for analysis. The resource consists of a questions about the poem's literal meaning, a grid for noting down and analyzing poetic devices, specific questions about tone and theme, and a list of common poetic devices, many with examples.
Robert Frost's "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" and Emily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for death . . ." are the focus of a series of close reading exercises that help learners develop their skill reading challenging text. Using the provided worksheets, groups highlight imagery in the poems in order to compare the attitude toward death expressed by the two poets. The lesson ends with individuals crafting a compare/contrast essay. The packet includes specific directions for all activities and all worksheets and graphic organizers.
Students analyze the Gwendolyn Brooks use of enjambment in her poem "We Real Cool." In this poetry analysis lesson, students define common poetic devices and the examples of enjambment in the poem. Students discuss the poem and write an analysis of the impact of line breaks in the poem examples.
Twelfth graders use song lyrics to complete a literary and stylistic analysis of poetry. In this poetry analysis lesson, 12th graders analyze poems without knowing they are songs and complete an organizer. Students listen to the songs and complete a group poetry analysis. Students write an essay that analyzes a poem and the impact of its stylistic and literary devices.
Learners analyze the use of voice in Langston Hughes' poetry. In this poetry analysis activity, students define voice in poetry and write journal entries to develop their voice as writers. Learners write a poem with a clear voice or write about one of the qualities of Langston Hughes' poetic voice.
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 which you will delve more deeply into examples of usage. This could be used as a pre- or post-unit test, but there needs to be more instruction to accompany such an extensive list of literary terms.
Young scholars explore components of Emily Dickinson's poetry and practice their own poetry writing skills. In this poetry analysis lesson, students recognize Emily Dickinson's poetry style and engage in textual analysis of the poem "There's a certain Slant of Light." Young scholars then complete an Emulate Emily worksheet and write their own poem.
Learners analyze the poems of Emily Dickinson and write their own nature poem. In this poetry analysis activity, students read Dickinson poetry and analyze the use of imagery, sound, and metaphor. Learners write their own nature poem using the style methods of Dickinson.
Delve into poetry analysis with this two-page instructional activity. 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 is it? What is the most vivid image the poem gives? A great resource to support readers learning how to analyze poetry.
Students explore French and World Literature for the life and works of Charles Baudelaire. In this poetry analysis lesson plan, students relate to the Symbolist penchant for wallowing in themes of death and depravity as well as share the Symbolist view that no one understands the torture of what it is to be alone against the universe by reading his masterwork, Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil).
Students analyze Lord Tennyson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade" and Alfred Noyes' "The Highwayman" as a study on figurative language. In this poetry analysis lesson, students analyze the two poems for examples of alliteration, onomatopoeia, personification, metaphor, and simile. Students create examples using the devices found in the poems.
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 devices, etc. A great start!
In this analysis of poetry worksheet, students answer several questions on the literary elements of poetry. Questions span dramatic situations, speaker of the poem, setting of the poem, the poem's theme, and any noticeable patterns in rhythm, rhyme, or word structure.