Welcome to my store! Looking to lend structure, stability, and creative scaffolding to your unit on 20th Century American poetry? This digital download will offer you everything you'll need to access a complete unit's worth of Prezi slides, concept maps, graphic organizers, illustrated timelines, discussion prompts and more -- over 40 slides in all (with visuals and video!), compiled over seven years of teaching this unit to high schoolers ranging from co-taught special education classes to AP literature students. Save yourself hours (if not DAYS) of unit planning and adapt this fully editable Prezi unit slideshow to your needs.
For the right-brained teacher who plans best with videos and visuals:
The download contains a MASSIVE Prezi containing more more than forty slides with images, embedded videos, poems, and instructional activities. If you're looking for creativity, the Prezi is loaded with more ideas than you could ever possibly hope to teach in a single unit. Treat it like a Pinterest Page or a digital look book -- it's really something of a one stop shop of creativity and student engagement.
For the left-brained teacher in need of a more structured approach:
No problem! Embedded in the Prezi you'll see specific slides for each of six poets, including text-specific discussion questions, selected poems with prompt questions, and custom graphic organizers designed for teaching your unit on 20th Century American Poetry to ensure the high levels of student engagement throughout. Best part: every activity is designed to be completely modular, which allows teachers incredible flexibility when planning the sort of instruction that best suits the unique needs of their classes.
This Prezi was originally designed to correspond with the Holt Elements of Literature: Essentials of American Literature, 5th Course -- but is easily adapted to include any other major poets from 1900-1970. The Prezi slideshow includes sample activities and ideas for reading, discussion, and analysis of each of excerpts or selections from any of the following poets:
+ Ezra Pound - Including "The River Merchant's Wife, a Letter"
+ Sylvia Plath - Including "The Colossus," and "Daddy," among others
+ Langston Hughes - Including "Harlem (A Dream Deferred)," "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," and "I, Too, Sing America" among others
+ Robert Frost - Including "The Road Not Taken," and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," among others
+ William Carlos Williams - Including "This is Just to Say," and "The Red Wheelbarrow"
+ T.S. Eliot (includes two activities for "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock")
This Prezi likewise includes contextual slides to help students connect early 20th Century American Poetry to other non-poetic works of Modernism, including thematic discussion of novels and short fiction by Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, and Flannery O'Connor.
Using a different textbook? Don't panic. This digital download comes with an editable link to the original Prezi, which will allow you the ability to add and subtract content and activities to fit the particular needs of your text -- and you still get to save yourself HOURS (if not days) of unit planning because the thematic through-lines, in-class activities, and lesson objectives remain consistent and highly adaptable no matter which texts your curriculum may require.
For teachers looking to mix things up with kinesthetic activities, student-centered discussion, and possible small group activities: this unit's TPCASTT graphic organizer makes reading poetry a snap! Check out this activity for a tool that you can use again and again for student-centered text discussion and poetry explication. Revisit this activity throughout the unit to help students strengthen their reading and explication skills while identifying trends and patterns between texts. As you read new poems, use this graphic organizer and the prompts provided in this Prezi to keep students engaged and add structure and scaffolding to your poetry unit. Use it any way you'd like -- this tool makes for a powerful handout or daily prompt for class discussion!
Reading poetry is a wonderful challenge, but unit planning to help students "get it" can take a ton of work. Without proper scaffolding and support, students who struggle with the non-literal skill that the craft employs can disengage and miss out on the depth and beauty that the art form affords them. This unit Prezi covers a TON of content, saves you countless hours of planning, and will help your students make clear sense of the evocative power of a poetry unit. Easy to use, easy to edit, and easy to adapt to the unique needs of your class and curriculum!
I hope you enjoy this unit, and thanks for checking out my store!