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Students review the role of the speaker in two poems of the Romanticism and the Victorian periods and focus on the differences in Wallace Stevens' modernist "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird." The key characteristics of literary modernism are exp
Students analyze modernist poetry and the role of speaker in example poems. In this modernist poetry lesson plan, students identify a poem's speaker and common poetic devices. Students analyze modernist poems from Romanticism and Victorian periods as well as Wallace Stevens' modernist 'Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.'Students write an analysis of two poems and read a Robert Frost poem.
Young scholars identify a poem's speaker, define in context common poetic devices, and analyze several modernist poems.
How does one become a catalyst for change? What are the challenges faced by those who take a stand for change? What part do the arts play in cultural change? Using primary and secondary sources from the 1920s and 1930s, class members explore these questions and craft an essay that presents their reflections. The packet includes a brief plan but the real value is in the resources included. Provided are a resource list, a reflective essay writing assignment, rubric, and exemplary writing sample. In addition, templates for “Power Quotes,”  historic events, famous people, significant art and architecture, education issues, fads, fashions, literature, music, and radio shows are provided.
To memorize, or not to memorize: that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler to suffer the fear and anguish of committing a poem to memory, to endure the heartache, to shuffle off this fear, and face the stares of classmates with the hue of resolution, or to refuse to face this sea of troubles and to sleep. Young orators read an article about the value of memorizing poetry, and then engage in a series of activities that prepare them for their performances. Detailed instructions for the activities, links to the article, and to suggested poems, are all included in the packet.
Poems are meant to be read aloud, so why not spend a whole class on poetry reading? This resource offers ideas and a basic outline for a poetry reading activity, as well as a list of suggested poems to read. The resource suggests that several individuals read the same poem one at at time and without hearing the other readers' versions. The rest of class annotates copies of the poem as they listen. Each reader will have a chace to discuss and redo their reading. Close up the lesson with a reflection.
Eleventh graders research a given decade in US History.  In this American History lesson, 11th graders interview a person who lived during the decade to gain a personal perspective on it.  Students rehearse and present their composition. 
Students write poetry that captures their feelings about their city or town. After presenting their poetry at a class reading students compare their poetry to the work of published poets who have written about the same city.
Students practice art interpretation and poetry writing by critiquing various pieces of art. They write descriptive critiques in their own words, but in the form of a poem.
Students can earn up to 50 points in Section I "C" Level. They can earn up to 10 points in Section "B" where students can complete only one activity. Students can earn a maximum of 20 points in Section "A" activities.
For this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named DesireStudents may submit their answers to be scored.
Students analyze photographs and poetry as forms of each other. In this poetry and photography analysis lesson, students use the photographs of Alfred Stieglitz and poetry from William Carlos William to explore how poetry and painting are alike. Students write a detailed description of their forms. Students use the EDSITEment website to find other poetry and photography examples for the lesson.
Students examine how lines in poems create texture. They compare and contrast different types of lines used. They practice reading poems aloud taking into consideration the cadence.
Students consider, both as a class and individually, what they like or dislike in poetry. They find a poem that appeals to them and write a reflection paper on why they like their particular poem. They read their poems aloud in class, explain them and discuss what the poem means to them personally.
Students consider the elements involved in reading poetry aloud. They discuss different poetic forms and how the choices a reader makes in tone, emphasis, breaths, and pauses can affect the listener's interpretation and understanding of the peom. After hearing different readings of different poems, students write reflections on what the poems mean to them.
Ninth graders analyze a given quote about history and identify the concept that inspired it.  In this history lesson, 9th graders research current and historical events, figures, and relationships. Students develop a lesson plan that uses this research to teach the quote/concept to classmates. 
Students participate in reading various poems in order to complete different activities. In groups, they compare and contrast the writing style and subject matter of two different author's poems. They practice writing poems on different topics to introduce them to all types.
Students analyze free verse poetry. In this free verse poetry lesson, students complete a worksheet for free verse poetry and read an example poem by Wallace Stevens. Students interpret the stanzas.
Young scholars investigate artwork and poetry. In this poetry lesson, students view a Mary Cassatt painting and answer observation and analysis questions to help them write poetry and prose about the work. As a follow-up activity, young scholars go to an art museum and select a piece of art to which they respond emotionally and repeat the classroom exercise to write another original poem.

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