Author:
Katie Schneider
Subject:
English Language Arts, Language, Grammar and Vocabulary, Reading Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
High School
Tags:
  • Analyze Poetry
  • Literary Devices
  • NE ELA
  • Nebraska Department of Education
  • Poetry
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    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
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    Education Standards

    Poetry Analysis

    Poetry Analysis

    Overview

    This English Language Arts lesson focuses on the understanding of literary devices as related to poetry with poems found via poetryfoundation.org.

    Students will analyze tone and mood by rephrasing lines of poetry to match the author's intent.

    Students will explore the poet's message and defend their ideas in paragraph form.

    This assignment addresses Nebraska state standards: NE.LA 10.1.6.A NE.LA 10.1.6.C  NE.LA 10.1.6.K  NE.LA 10.2.2.E 

    This lesson will take about 40-50 minutes.

    Analyzing Poetry

    Analyzing Poetry

    Step One: CLICK HERE and choose any poem that interests you. If you would like to explore your options based on topic/occasion/specific holiday, click on "topic."

    Step Two: After you have chosen your poem, fill out this chart with some basic information:

    "Poem Title": 
    Author: 
    Poem Text: 

    Step Three: Explain your choice. Why did you pick this particular poem to analyze? What did you like about it? What about the poem "speaks to" or "connects with" you?

     

    Step Four:  List at least three literary devices that you located within your poem. Remember, "literary devices" are things like: alliteration, personification, irony, enjambment, consonance, assonance, symbolism, imagery, etc. Your examples do not have to come from this list, but you do need three DIFFERENT devices. 

    LITERARY DEVICEEXAMPLE FROM TEXT DEFINE THE DEVICE IN YOUR OWN WORDS
       
       
       

    Step Five: Consider the poet's overall message. What do you think they were trying to convey with this poem? Thoughts? Feelings? Metaphor? Defend your ideas by explaining WHY you believe that.

     

    Step Six: Choose two lines from the poem to re-write in your own words. Try not to just use synonyms; rephrase the lines to capture the mood and tone of the poem. 

    QUOTED FROM THE POEMREWRITTEN IN YOUR OWN WORDS