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Determining Mood with Poetry: "The Sharks"

Here's a simple, focused instructional activity on how to determine mood in a poem. Denise Levertov's poem "The Sharks" is included, as are several guided discussion questions to help your secondary readers ascertain the mood by assessing diction, figurative language, sound and rhythm. It's a clean instructional activity that effectively activates prior knowledge, and clearly connects author's technique to readers' emotion.

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Resource Details

Grade
8th - 11th
Subjects
English Language Arts
3 more...
Resource Type
Lesson Plans
Language
English
Duration
45 mins
Instructional Strategy
Discussion
Year
2003
Included Materials
  • Vocabulary

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