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IB English Paper 1 / Paper One Writer's Workshop for a Poetry Commentary
In preparation for Paper 1 in May, students have to write A LOT of essays for practice. As teachers, we don't have time to grade and provide feedback for all of these lengthy essays. I use Writer's Workshop sessions to allow students to give each other effective feedback for improving their writin
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Poetry Commentary Analysis: Emily Dickinson
This one page document uses the PETER mnemonic to demonstrate effective literary analysis. Suitable for AP, IB and OIB literature study. Contains three examples of literary analysis of Emily Dickinson poems ("After Great Pain", "Hope is the Thing with Feathers," and "Because I Could Not Stop for Dea
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Poetry Commentary Prep
My English students use this paper to help better prepare and organize their thoughts before writing a commentary or analysis on a piece of poetry. The process helps students to organize and construct a strong thesis, in addition to planning out their ideas before writing with a time limitation.
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"Land of the Gray" Poetry Lesson Plan
This is a great poetry lesson, especially for students who think poetry is inaccessible. The poem is easy to understand and has vignettes within it that make it feel more like prose than poetry. It is a commentary on society and the nature of morality, so it also engages students and causes them to
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Poetry vs. Prose Student Worksheet
Guide students through comparing and analyzing prose (both fiction and nonfiction) and poetry that address the same topic! This handout can be used for direct instruction (teacher modeling), group work, or independent practice! Looking for other creative writing and poetry lessons? Check out these
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My Own Poetry Form
This 17-day unit is what I used for my 7th grade poetry unit. Basically, we go through some basic poetry terms and forms. There are examples of each form, and we touch on how to read poetry and do what I call commentary, but mostly we focus on various forms and writing them. Forms include riddle poe
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Unit on Social Justice Poetry
With this lesson, students will understand what is meant by identity and how poetry can be used as social commentary. They will build on their poetic vocabulary in order to recognize how poetic devices can be used to enhance meaning. They will demonstrate that knowledge through the following: •daily
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Writing Journal: Writing Poetry
This is an E-Book with a clickable link Table of Contents, which will give your students a 9 week writing journal focusing on the genre of Poetry Writing. You will be able to go through the entire writing process or brainstorming, drafting, revising and editing for nine different Poetry writing pr
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8 Poetry Lessons Bundle
These 8 poetry lessons will insure that your high school students gain a thorough understanding of how poetry functions as a means of illuminating the human experience. The lessons include a variety of poets from varied backgrounds as well as a wide range of poems from classical poetry to modern ver
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15 One-Hour Poetry Lesson Plans or Activities
1. 15 complete and well-written lesson plans or activities in Poetry. 2. Ready for print-out and use by your students. 3. All lesson plans available in Microsoft Word and PDF files. 4. Directions, rules, and activities for most of the lessons. 5. Lessons included: Metaphor Activity and Poem, Name
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Practice with Poetry: Margaret Atwood’s Siren Song and Homer’s The Odyssey
Using Margaret Atwood’s poem, "Siren Song”, and an excerpt from The Odyssey, students will review important poetic devices, close read and annotate poems, view supporting video clips, evaluate the writing prompt, and examine scored student sample essays with commentary. A link to an appropriate rubr
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Romantic Poetry: Four Romantic Poets
This commentary examines the Romantic age and focuses on four Romantic poets and their poetry: Keats's "Ode on a Grecian Urn" and "Ode to a Nightingale"; Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey"; Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"; and Burns's "To a Mouse." Included in the commentary is a copy of ea
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Poetry Response Guide/Checklist
I have used this simple guide to writing a literary analysis of a poem in Grades 9 through 12. I have taught the American curricular system, as well the IB Diploma Programme and this has come in handy for students who need to develop a mental checklist for organizing their analysis - especially for
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3 Poetry Lessons Bundle
Save 50%! on the following poetry lessons: Poetry in Movies examines the poetry used in four movies to extend theme and develop character. The unit contains the following items: • Brief biographies of the poets • Summaries of the movies • Overviews of the poems • Links to sites where the poems can
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John Donne poetry and Margaret Edson’s Wit: Practice with the Literary Analysis
Vivian Bearing, the main character, is a demanding John Donne scholar facing her mortality. These lessons are designed for students to close read several John Donne poems and passages from Margaret Edson’s play "Wit." She is a teacher who treats her class like a literary boot camp, often ignoring h
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Song as Poetry: Social Commentary Analysis Project
This lesson requires students to choose and study a song from American history and create a presentation to accurately reflect the song's historical and social significance. As an introduction to poetry, this is a fun and interesting learning activity where students can see the relevancy poetry and
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Practice with Poetry: Edward Field’s “Icarus”
Using Edward Field’s poem, "Icarus”, students will review important poetic devices, close read and annotate poems, view supporting video clips, evaluate the writing prompt, formulate the thesis for a poetry analysis essay and examine scored student sample essays with commentary. An NPR This I Believ
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Practice with Poetry— Marilyn Nelson  Waniek’s “The Century Quilt”
The 2010 English Literature and Composition poetry prompt was an analysis of Marilyn Nelson Waniek’s poem, “The Century Quilt.” This poem weaves a narrative about a quilt depicts the poet’s family history and heritage. The resource helps the students understand the structure and context of the poem
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Writing guide diagram for poetry and literature
Here's my Poetree writing (and thinking) guide (visual organizer) for poetry or literature. Great for essays, commentaries, close-reading, or any writing requiring organized critical thought. Helps students learn to write and remember what to write about! Can be used to write about poetry or literat
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Practice with Poetry: Robert Frost’s, “Birches”
Using Robert Frost’s, “Birches” students will review important poetic devices, close read and annotate the poem, view supporting video clips, listen to an NPR story, view the Yale Open Course lecture on the poem, view a TED Talk on climbing trees, evaluate the writing prompt, and examine scored stud
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Analytical Essays on English Poetry ( 46 Topics on Miscellaneous Poems)
This is a practical guide to the study of Poetry. Each chapter/ Poem of the e-book can be read separately or dipped into for information or guidance. In this first edition I’ve added some relevant topics of Poetry. I’ve also tried to revise the topics according to its exam or teaching demands. I sha
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Practice with Poetry: Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese”
Using Mary Oliver’s poem, "Wild Geese”, students will review important poetic devices, close read and annotate poems, view supporting video clips, and evaluate the writing prompt. An assessment essay from either having access to the 3rd Edition of Cliff’s AP English Language and Composition book or
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Constantly Risking Absurdity: Teaching Poems About Poetry
This unit contains: * An overview * Survey questions for use at the beginning and end of the unit * An explanation of Socratic seminar * 10 poems about poetry with tri-level scaffolding of questions for each, plus a crdeative project and personal commentary * Strategies for closure.
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Poetry: Literary Elements Movie Poster
Poetry: Literary Elements Movie Poster. Students use quotes, graphic representations/symbols, and personal commentary to create a movie poster for the poem they are assigned. Students are asked to analyze literary elements within any poem. Standards-Based individual or group project that asks stude
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Practice with Poetry: In Search of Duende
The Andalusian poet, Federico García Lorca, wrote--The duende then is a power, not a work. It is a struggle, not a thought. I have heard an old maestro of the guitar say, "The duende is not in the throat; the duende climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet." Meaning this: It is not a questio
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Practice with Poetry: Mary Oliver’s “Crossing the Swamp”
Using Mary Oliver’s poem, "Crossing the Swamp”, students will review important poetic devices, close read and annotate poems, view supporting video clips, evaluate the writing prompt, formulate the thesis for a poetry analysis essay and examine scored student sample essays with commentary. A Ted Tal
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Close Reading (Poetry) Teaching Copy
This stand-alone resource is taken from the opening section of the highly regarded 215-page ‘Writing Unseen Commentaries: A Student Help Book’, a two-year course in the close textual analysis of short prose extracts and poems, designed to help students, within a clear framework, develop the skills o
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Close Reading (Poetry) Student Edition
This stand-alone resource is taken from the opening section of the highly regarded 215-page ‘Writing Unseen Commentaries: A Student Help Book’, a two-year course in the close textual analysis of short prose extracts and poems, designed to help students, within a clear framework, develop the skills o
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Mrs Midas Audio Commentary & Learning Activities
With this 11-minute commentary on Carol Ann Duffy's brilliant poem 'Mrs Midas', you can save your voice while still ensuring your students develop their skills with a solid analysis of the poem. With no less than 5 different ways to use this resource, you can bring in elements of rigour and creativi
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Russian Poetry Analysis: Pushkin Poem
Students will analyze the meaning of Pushkin's poem by completing before, during, and after reading strategies with this ready to print poem analysis guide. This handout includes the poem "I Have Visited Again," as well as 9 analysis activites. This handout will ask you students to do an in-depth
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Practice with Poetry— Rachel Harper  “The Myth of Music”
The 2017 English Literature and Composition poetry prompt was an analysis from Rachel Harper’s poem, “The Myth of Music.” Rachel Harper’s father is the late poet Michael Harper. This resource helps students learn the context for jazz appreciation and the poem. Students will view supporting video
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Writing Journal: Poetry Writing - Editable
This is an editable version of my Poetry Writing Journal . This is an E-Book with a clickable link Table of Contents, which will give your students a 9 week writing journal focusing on the genre of Poetry. You will be able to go through the entire writing process or brainstorming, organizing, dr
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Claim Evidence Commentary chart for Text Analysis
This C.E.C. chart is very straightforward and easy to use in any grade level classroom and for any text from poetry to novels. Claim, evidence and commentary charts are great ways to scaffold lessons that lead into theme or essay writing and align very well with the Common Core curriculum since they
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Social Commentary In Poetry
This unit contains 5 lessons: Lesson 1: Poetry, what's that? Lesson 2: The Plight of Men Lesson 3: Bronzeville Girl Lesson 4: The Caged Bird Lesson 5: Poetry Proofs The timeline is based upon blocked-scheduling, but you can manipulate it however you like. The lessons are in word documents so that
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Hamlet Passages for Individual Oral Commentary or Close Reading
For those of you who teach IB English, you know that the Individual Oral Commentary is a key component to the course. Even though the English:Literature HL requires poetry for the actual IOC, passages from other texts is a necessity when preparing. There are 11 passages from Shakespeare's _Hamlet_
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Smoke Signals & Sherman Alexie Commentary Essay
This essay asks students to analyze characters in both Sherman Alexie's short stories and the movie "Smoke Signals." The prompt asks students to include quotes in their writing and to focus on commentary and analysis. It also touches on the theme of forgiveness in the story. John Collins writing FCA
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Complete notes on Robert Frost Poetry for HSC Discovery PLUS a sample essay
Students often find senior poetry a difficult topic, particularly when they're challenged to comment on poetic or literary technique. These comprehensive notes, aimed at Australian students studying Robert Frost's poetry for the thematic topic on 'Discovery', can be assigned as reading or used as st
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William Blake: 2-Day Art Connection & Poetry Tasks
Students will be introduced to the life and poetry of William Blake on the first day as they read selected a short biography and poems. They will also create a piece of original art inspired by one of his works. On the second day, students will work in pairs to discuss poems and break them down thro
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Poetry Analysis Support
This is intended to assist students in analyzing a poem and begin writing a commentary that examines how the poet conveys meaning.
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Poem Prompt for Essay, Poetry and Fiction Writing--AND Introspection
Students will write a SHORT ESSAY RESPONSE that establishes a clearly and strongly stated opinion (thesis) related to the theme of the poem, followed by illustrative examples from the text, explanatory and interpretive commentary, and a broader conclusion/overview of the original opinion. The MULTIP
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Social Commentary In Poetry Portfolio Assignment
This project requires students to maintain previous assignments and provides them a resource for the future. The portfolio includes notes, research, text comparisons, creative writing assignments and peer reviews. The document is a word document so that it can be revised/edited as needed.
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Social Commentary In Poetry Assignment Sheets
This file includes two assignments. The first is a comparison of texts. The second is a mini-research assignment. Some of the prompts refer to a "background packet". The materials for this packet are not included. You may create your own. The packets will be added soon.The file also includes a sign-
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Poetry Close Reading and Essay Pack- Hope... & I Know Why...
This Unit compares two classic poems: Hope is the Thing with Feathers and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Students complete a close reading of the above poems, analyze their use of tone and figurative language, then write an essay showing how the poets used those devices to establish their unique
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POETRY: ABOU BEN ADHEM:  A LITERATURE/LITERACY HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT
This is a beautiful poem. Students read it, and comment on how it makes them feel. It reminds us of our mortality, and how we have treated others, etc. Use it for a graded homework commentary assignment in literature. Thanks for visiting!
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Harlem Renaissance: Poetry of Langston Hughes
Students read, discuss, and analyze 8 Langston Hughes poems, selected for their fame but also for the variety of styles and social commentary they represent. I like to have students work in pairs to break down the text (each poem is fairly short) and then meet with another pair to compare their thou
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Poetry Response - Revision Worksheet
Students revise a partner's response to poetry essay or their own response to poetry essay using this "Poetry Response Revision Worksheet." (I also sell one for narrative, response to lit., and persuasive writing.) Students are asked to do locate and label parts of the response to poetry (fun to
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TPCASTT Poetry Analysis: Maya Angelou "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"
This is a completed analysis of Maya Angelou's poem "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." It has been analyzed using the TPCASTT method, which encompasses analysis of the title, a complete paraphrase of the poem, a thorough analysis of all literary and poetic devices in the poem, an examination of the
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Oral Commentary Assignement- Plath
This project allows students in IB or pre-IB courses a chance to practice the oral commentary using Plath's poems. Could easily be adapted to be used with any poetry.
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Poetry Collection Assignment
Four tasks for students to create a collection of poetry centred around a common theme or topic. Involves poetic analysis, commentary, and poetry creation. Ultimately asks students to speak about what each piece has to say about their chosen theme or topic.
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Poetry & Creative Writing: Ways of Looking Perspective Poem
Wallace Steven's poem, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” provides a unique technique for exploring the importance of perspective and the impact of its delivery. In other words, how you look at things and what you choose to say about them matters! Invite your students to try their own “Wa
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Free Practice with Comparisons: Music and Federico Garcia Lorca Poetry
Because April is poetry month, this resource is being given away for free. Federico Garcia Lorca, one of the greatest poets of the 20th Century wrote two poems called “Es Verdad” and “Cancioncilla del primer deseo” that Marta Gomez, a contemporary Colombian musician has adapted into song. Links to t
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Ancient China Unit Plan Lesson & Activity Bundle History Common Core Grades 5-8
This Ancient China resource bundle has rigor, versatility, and fun! It covers the Shang, Zhou, Qin and Han Dynasties. NOW A COMPLETE UNIT BUNDLE! Check out the preview for a more detailed view! CONTENT– The content in the bundle is organized with the key "big idea" Common Core concepts for Social S
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