I love poetry! I love reading it, I love teaching it, and I love the discussions I can have with my students because of it. May students (and some teachers) dislike poetry because they think it’s too difficult. I once had a student tell me that poetry was like a “code” that needed to be unlocked. Cringe!! Some poems are meant to be analyzed. Some poems and meant to sound beautiful, and some poems are meant to be simple and enjoyed for what they are. This unit has a little of all of those things.
Students love this poetry unit. It is a complete unit with no prep required on the teacher’s part. This 2 and a half week unit includes a student guide, 12 detailed lesson plans, two multimedia presentations (no internet connection required), a complete answer key with annotated poems (this is a teacher favorite!) , and an end of the unit evaluation with answer key.
Just print it and teach it. It really is that easy.
This bundle includes individual lessons devised to teach students the importance of:
• Figurative language (its uses and effects)
• How to read poetry
• How to understand and apply symbolism and imagery
• The importance of rhythm
• The importance of tone and attitude in a poem
• Types of poetry
• How to analyze poetry
• How to appreciate poetry (even when you don’t understand it)
• Includes some Canadian poetry
This unit’s focus is the analysis of poetry and teaches students how to make inferences, which is a skill they must learn for their other subjects as well.
Poems include authors such as Emily Dickenson, Dorothy Parker, Maya Angelou, Thomas Gray, Lord Alfred Tennyson, Alfred Noyes, T.S. Eliot, Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Frost, Pearl Jam, Langston Hughes, Margaret Atwood, and Walt Whitman. The Unit includes 21 different poems.
The unit has been conceived to last 15 days – with 65 minute periods (although they are easy to modify).
The unit includes:
1 – The teacher guide (Contains 12 comprehensive lesson plans to teach the poems included in the unit. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO TEACH THIS UNIT HAS BEEN DONE FOR YOU. )
2 – The student package (Contains students’ notes, poems, and questions) (28 pages)
3 – The answer key includes annotated poems and answers to all student activities, as well as an example of paragraph developing a theme in poetry (saving you time).
4 – Included is a test with multiple choice questions as well as one development question. All answers are included. (Word format for easy changes)
5 – 2 PowerPoint presentations – one multimedia presentation to introduce the unit (17 slides) and the second to reinforce the use of imagery and symbolism (19 slides) – NO INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED
A total of 68 pages + 36 slides are included in this package.
This unit is complete and does all of the thinking for you. All you need to do is to print out and photocopy the student package, and you’re set.
Check out these individual lessons from the unit:
Poetry and Imagery – Langston Hughes
Tone in poetry – Robert Frost
Rhythm in Poetry
Poetry Lesson on Sonnets (Shakespeare and Browning)
Free Poetry Lesson: Analysing Poetry (NO PREP)
Lesson on Allegory and Symbolism Analysis in Poetry is ready to teach (NO PREP).
It’s teaching made easy!
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