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Introduce a class of creative writers to multiple types of poetry with this visual funfest. It efficiently discusses the different forms of poetry, and provides examples of the meter and rhyme schemes of limericks, haiku, sonnets, Ezra Pound couplets, ballads, blank verse, and villanelles.      
Whether it's St. Patrick's Day or not, this lesson can be a great way to study James Joyce and how his heritage has influenced his writing. The lesson is meant to be used with the Gale database, specifically the Student Resource Center Gold (for an article by Ezra Pound) and Litfinder to read Joyce's short stories. Finishing with a short story on personal heritage, the lesson is a great way to address literary analysis and writing strategies.
Students read and analyze the poem, "My Last Duchess," by Robert Browning. They examine the use of dramatic monologue as a poetic device, and write a character profile of the Duke.
Students analyze the use of dramatic monologue using Robert Browning's "My Last Duchess." In this dramatic monologue lesson, students explore Browning in historical and literary context. Students read the poem and analyze the dramatic monologue as a part of character analysis. Students write a dramatic monologue based on one of the characters in the poem and write an essay for close reading analysis of Browning's "Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister."
High schoolers listen to music and identify alliteration, metaphor, onomatopoeia, personification, rhyme and simile. In groups, they study the example lyrics and discuss how the musician or author used each device within their lyrics. Students use pictures, drama and music to create their own presentation demonstrating an assigned poetic device.
Rhetoric from Aristotle (logos, pathos, and ethos) to the rhetorical triangle (audience, speaker, subject) and SOAPSTone (speaker, occasion, audience, purpose, subject, tone) here’s a presentation about the art of rhetoric that will entertain as well as inform. Color-coded and concise, the slides are logically arranged, emotionally charged, and ethically appealing.
Students examine how an exhibition of an author's writings can become a portrait or biography of that author . They work in small groups, analyzing various poems by Yeats.
Students work in small groups to read, translate and discuss poetry by Charles Baudelaire. They use a graphic organizer to analyze the poems for Romantic elements and use their observations as a guide for class discussions and essays.
Introduce your middle and high school writers to musical poetry. They explore the six poetic devices, and locate the poetic devices in various music lyrics. Next, they choose one of the devices to teach to the class using an example they choose.
What? A long-lost poem from Robert Frost? Introduce your class to a poem recently found and published from Robert Frost's personal collection. The lesson includes background information on the author, the poem itself, and a list of analysis questions to pose to student groups. The final page houses some example answers. 
Students create new words to convey their thoughts. They find, list and discuss the poetic devices used by the poet in creating his or her war poem and create their own war poems. They use sensory perception words and memory in creating a poem.
Young scholars review Emily Dickinson's biography and examine themes and forms of some of her poems. They measure ways Graham integrates aspects of Dickinson's life and the themes and forms of her poetry into Letters to the World.
High schoolers explore the work of Stephen Sondheim. In this musical theater lesson, students examine the musicals Merrily We Roll Along and Sunday in the Park with George. High schoolers identify and anaylze linear and nonlinear structural patterns in musical scores.
High schoolers examine pictures and works of Hemingway. They discuss techniques used in portraits to show one's appearance. They create two sketches of themselves and share them with the class.
Explore the life and works of the famous American author, Ernest Hemingway. Middle and high schoolers gain appreciation for the author through this Webquest, detailing his time in Michigan, Paris, Africa, and Cuba. Consider using this resource as a pre-reading activity to introduce the great author. 
Students analyze modernist poetry in depth and detail. The several historical, social, and cultural forces that prompted the modernist movement and its effects are examined in this lesson.
Eleventh graders research and examine the significant individuals of the 1920s and their impact on American society. They identify characteristics of people who make a difference, and in pairs conduct research on two people with differing points of view from the 1920s. Each pair presents a dialogue performed as the two people researched.
Students analyze portraits of Ernest Hemingway to see how his private and public personalities are revealed through them. In this "Picturing Hemingway" instructional activity, students complete a variety of activities to investigate public and private depictions of individuals, including themselves.
Walt Whitman is the subject of a comprehension quiz that requires readers to not only pay close attention to stated facts and to draw inferences, but to also access provided links to correctly answer the questions. A great way to develop comprehension skills. An answer key is provided.
In this 1920's American history worksheet, students read the provided pages about the evolving American culture during the decade and then respond to 5 short answer questions based on the reading selection.

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