A Poison Tree

Explore William Blake's poem "A Poison Tree." Learners read the poem and then respond to four text-based questions and four higher-level discussion questions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • While called discussion questions, the questions on the final page could also be used as or to inspire essay prompts
  • Scaffolding the reading process more fully by walking through the poem together and discussing it in depth before moving on to the question portion of the resource
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners will need to be familiar with common poetic terms; some words from the poem are defined on the page

  • The questions require textual evidence and higher-level thinking
  • A copy of the poem is provided on the first page of the resource

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