The interpretation of Sylvia Plath’s poem, “Mirror,” has many levels. This lesson can be done in one class period and features the following:
Pre-reading activity: Journal writing with a twist.
About the author
Reading the poem a first time
Rereading the poem
Worksheet: Emphasis is on personification
Extension: If you want to have students dig deeper into this poem, you can assign a short writing in which they discuss the idea of whether the way a person looks has anything to do with a person’s worth as a human being..
Enjoy delving into this American author’s poem which is included here and is in most American literature books.
Common Core aligned:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.5a Interpret figures of speech (e.g., personification) in context.