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Students will be able to analyze how poets develop the characterization of a speaker through voice, diction, organization, and selection of details.
AP Literature Characterization in Poetry Mini-Lesson: Empower your AP Lit. or advanced students to think deeply about the distinction between speaker and poet through this mini-lesson on characterization within poetry.
Students will be exposed to the ways that poets develop speakers/personas in their works through diction, selection of detail, tone, and text organization through a brief selection of notes and then will be walked through the process of analyzing the speakers present in "When in Rome" by Mari Evans, whilst being challenged to use textual evidence to make inferences about the text.
Once the mini-lesson is complete, students will demonstrate their understanding by working with a partner or small group to analyze the speaker of the poem of their choice, which they will then present to the class. Rubric and assignment sheet included.
Alignment to AP Literature Curriculum Framework:
CHR-1: Characters in literature allow readers to study and explore a range of values, beliefs, assumptions, biases, and cultural norms represented by those characters.
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