Common Core Writing: Poetry/Poem Analysis & Critique Essay
Students struggle reading and understanding poetry, let alone trying to write a critique of a poem. Instead of being tempted to find already-written essays on the internet, have your students answer a series of 30+ questions about the poem first. Yes, it seems like a lot, but the questions are relatively easy and only a few require further research. When they are finished, they have a very detailed outline for their paper. They just need to add a hook/introduction, transitions, and clean up the sentences.
I started using this years ago with my "general" English students. After seeing how painless the process was for them, I began using it with my regular and honors students. The results are more authentic analysis and less copy/pasted text in their essays. Using the question/answer format also enhances the meaning of the poem for them.
• 36-question guide for poem analysis and critique based on the Common Core State Standards
• Instructions on how to document sources for a Works Cited page
• Common Core State Standards Rubrics for a poem analysis paper (grades 9-10 and 11-12)
• Microsoft Word "Student Copy" that can be shared electronically with your students. (Great for flipped classrooms, 1:1 schools, and paperless schools.)
• PDF "Student Copy"
• Teacher's file with instructions, questions for paper copying (better spacing), and CCSS specific 9-12 standards covered.
-You can differentiate by eliminating or adding to some of the questions and customizing the guidelines of the paper using the Word file.
-Great practice for test-prep, as the Common Core Standards are requiring students to look more deeply into the text and find evidence to support statements.
This resource IS included (and always has been included) in my Poetry Resources on CD
. It is NOT included in the Poetry Resources digital download
Created by Tracee Orman
Mrs. Orman's Classroom