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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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Poetry Research Essay- Prompt, sample essay, and sample Works Cited page
This is a poetry research essay assignment that I have done with sophomores, but it could be done with any level of high school students. It focuses on the skills of using biographical criticism (making connections between a writer's life and his/her work), as well as research skills. This piece in
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Poetry Research Essay- Prompt, sample essay,sample Works Cited page
This is a poetry research essay assignment that I have done with sophomores, but it could be done with any level of high school students. It focuses on the skills of using biographical criticism (making connections between a writer's life and his/her work), as well as research skills. This piece in
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Practice with Poetry— A.E. Housman’s “To An Athlete Dying Young”
A.E. Housman wrote the classic poem, “To An Athlete Dying Young.” Students will view supporting video clips, such as a video story relating the poem to another athlete who died young. There are video explanations of the poem as well as links to excellent annotations. The students will read and li

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The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe - Text Dependent Analysis Expository Writing
This The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe Expository Writing Lesson focuses on Text Dependent Analysis and using Text Evidence as Support to develop a Constructed Response / Essay. The lesson comes complete with a Brainstorming section, a Thesis Statement development component, and an Expository Writi
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9/11 September 11 Activities Gr. 9-12
This packet is complete with activities honoring 9/11 for older students. What better way to encourage students to reflect on what 9/11 means to them? This packet includes three articles about the 9/11 attacks and seven songs written about 9/11 with accompanying reflection worksheets. Teacher can c
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Practice with Comparisons-Poems from W.B Yeats and Carol Ann Duffy
Irish iconic poet William Butler Yeats and current English Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy offer college level students, AP Literature students, gifted/honors students, and British Literature students a rich and extensive opportunity to compare and contrast these poets’ styles, subject matters, tones,
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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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Practice with Poetry— Dylan Thomas “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night”
Dylan Thomas wrote the brilliant poem, “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night.” There are many links to videos, lectures, and resources for studying Dylan Thomas’ poem. Also included is a TED Talk “Facing Death Full of Life,” by Danielle Valenti. Students will examine Jimmy Valvano’s 1993 ESPY spe
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AP Literature Beowulf Paired Poems - A close reading activity
This activity includes a table (fully editable as it is a Word Document) that has three poems thematically relating to Beowulf: "Grendel's Brother," "Thanatopsis," and "Ozymandias" on the left. The right column includes a series of close-reading/analysis questions aimed at helping AP students to h
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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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Billy Collins’s Taking Emily Dickinson’s Clothes Off: Socratic Seminar
Using Billy Collins’ poem, "Taking Emily Dickinson’s Clothes Off”, students will review important poetic devices, close read and annotate poems, view supporting video clips, evaluate the writing prompt for the 2004 AP English Literature exam where Dickinson and Frost poems are compared, formulate th
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Practice with Poetry: Elizabeth Bishop’s, “One Art.”
The 1980 English Literature and Composition poetry prompt was an analysis from Elizabeth Bishop’s poem, “One Art.” This classic poem is about the losses that we as human beings must endure. The resource helps students understand the poem and complete a writing assessment in which students analyze th

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Practice with Poetry— Lord Alfred Tennyson’s “Ulysses”
Lord Alfred Tennyson wrote the classic poem, “Ulysses,” based on Ulysses, or Odysseus in old age, unsatisfied, and experiencing wander lust. The speaker discusses his wife and kingdom, his relationship with his son, and his desire to go forth on new adventures. There are many links to videos, lect
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Money and The American Dream: Practice with Synthesis
Is the American Dream still attainable in modern America? This question is asked in a recent New York Times Room for Debate which is featured in these lessons as is the poem “Money” by Dana Gioia and an excerpt from A Raisin in the Sun where Walter Lee and his mother debate the value of money. The
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Practice with Socratic Seminar: Mary Oliver’s “The Black Walnut Tree.”
Using Mary Oliver’s poem, "The Black Walnut Tree”, 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 link

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Emily Dickinson’s The Soul Selects Her Own Society: Practice with Poetry
Emily Dickinson wrote, “The Soul Selects Her Own Society” a poem on the importance of choosing your own friends, even if just one, based not on power or financial reasons but on the qualities you deem important. Students will read and annotate the poem and analyze the literary strategies used to
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On Turning Ten by Billy Collins - Text Dependent Analysis Expository Writing
This Explanatory Writing Lesson focuses on Text Dependent Analysis and using Text Evidence as Support to develop a Constructed Response / Essay. The lesson comes complete with a Brainstorming section, a Thesis Statement development component, and an Expository Writing Tutorial. **************
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Practice with Poetry— W.H. Auden’s “Refugee Blues”
W.H. Auden, an English poet, who later became an American citizen, wrote “Refugee Blues,” just before the outset of World War II. In 1939, the S.S. St. Louis, carrying Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany was denied entry into Cuba and The United States. Many of these passengers would later die at the
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Practice with Poetry— W.H. Auden’s “The Shield of Achilles”
W.H. Auden, an English poet, who later became an American citizen, wrote “The Shield of Achilles,” where a speaker in a poem describes a 20th Century nihilist vision depicted on the warrior’s shield. This modern world of hopelessness depicted in the poem will be compared to the besieged city of Alep
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Practice with Poetry Comparisons— Helen of Troy
Using the 1994 AP Literature prompt in which students analyze and compare two poem on Helen of Troy, students will study two short yet contrasting poems. Helen, literature’s most beautiful face that according to Christopher Marlowe, launched a thousand ships. This resource uses the poems, “To Helen,

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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— Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess”
Students will read and annotate Robert Browning’s “The Last Duchess” and analyze the literary strategies used to convey the poet’s message. These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, or AP English Language or Literature class. Students will view supporting video cl
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Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley Text Dependent Analysis Argumentative Writing
This Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley Argumentative Writing Lesson focuses on Text Dependent Analysis and using Text Evidence as Support to develop a Constructed Response / Essay. The lesson comes complete with a Brainstorming section, a Thesis Statement development component, and an Argumen
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