AP Literature Growing Poetry Bundle

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    This growing poetry bundle for AP Literature is a perfect asset to help develop a love of poetry in your students, while ensuring that students learn the essential knowledge from the 2019 CED for AP Literature and Composition.

    This bundle currently includes:

    1. AP Literature Poetry Reciprocal Teaching Resource: Teach your students how to independently analyze poems and guide their own analysis of their reading. This resource is designed to scaffold close reading skills and teach students to make meaningful observations about the text. (Curious about how I use it in my own classroom? Click here)
    2. Structure and Shifts Poetry Lesson: This resource goes over identifying shifts in poetry and basic structural concepts. Additionally, it also includes task cards to help students analyze how passages develop.
    3. Q1 Poetry Rubric: Use this rubric to assess student writing according to the new 2019 AP Literature 6-Point Rubric
    4. Bundles of Paired Poems


    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.

    • 1A: Identify and describe what specific textual details reveal about a character, that character's perspective, and that character's motives.
    • CHR-1E: Characters reveal their perspectives and biases through the words they use, the details they provide in the text, the organization of their thinking, the decisions they make, and the actions they take.

    STR-1: The arrangement of parts and sections of a text, the relationship of the parts to each other, and the sequence in which the text reveals information are all structural choices made by a writer that contribute to the reader's interpretation of a text.

    • 3.C: Explain the function of structure in a text.
    • STR-1.D: Line and stanza breaks contribute to the development and relationship of ideas in a poem.
    • STR-1.E: The arrangement of lines and stanzas contributes to the development and relationship of ideas in a poem.
    • STR-1.F: A text's structure affects readers' reactions and expectations by presenting the relationship among the ideas of the text via their relative positions and placement within the text as a whole.
    • STR-1.AC: Ideas and images in a poem may extend beyond a single line or stanza.
    • STR-1.AD: Punctuation is often crucial to the understanding of a text.
    • STR-1.AE: When structural patters are created in a text, any interruption in the pattern creates a point of emphasis.
    • 3.D: Explain the function of contrasts within a text.
    • STR-1.G: Contrasts can be introduced through focus; tone; point of view; character, narrator, or speaker perspective; dramatic situation or moment; settings or time; or imagery.
    • STR-1.H: Contrasts are the result of shifts or juxtapositions or both.
    • STR-1.I: Shifts may be signaled by a word, a structural convention, or punctuation.
    • STR-1.J: Shifts may emphasize contrasts between particular segments of a text.
    • STR-1.AF: Juxtaposition may create or demonstrate an antithesis.
    • STR-1.AH: Paradox occurs when seemingly contradictory elements are juxtaposed, but the contradiction can reveal a hidden or unexpected idea.

    FIG-1: Comparisons, representations, and associations shift meaning from the literal to the figurative and invite readers to interpret a text.

    • 5.B: Explain the function of specific words or phrases in a text.
    • FIG-1.C: Words or phrases may be repeated to emphasize ideas or associations.
    • FIG-1.D: Alliteration is the repetition of the same letter sound at the beginning of adjacent or nearby words to emphasize ideas or associations.
    • FIG-1.M: Descriptive words, such as adjectives and adverbs, qualify or modify things they describe and affect readers' interaction with the text.
    • FIG-1.N: Hyperbole exaggerates while understatement minimizes. Exaggerating or minimizing an aspect of an object focuses attention on that trait and conveys a perspective about the object.
    • 5.D: Identify and explain the function of an image or imagery.
    • FIG-1.O: Descriptive words such as adjectives and adverbs, contribute to sensory imagery.
    • FIG-1.P: An image can be literal or it can be form of comparison that represents something in a text through association with the senses.
    • FIG-1.Q: A collection of images, known as imagery, may emphasize ideas in parts of or throughout a text.
    • FIG-1.AH: Symbols in a text and the way they are used may imply that a narrator, character, or speaker has a particular attitude or perspective.
    • 6.A: Identify and explain the function of a simile.
    • FIG-1.E: A simile uses the words "like" or "as" to liken two objects or concepts to each other.
    • FIG-1.F: Similes liken two different things to transfer the traits or qualities of one to the other.
    • 6.B: Identify and explain the function of a metaphor.
    • FIG-1.H: A metaphor implies similarities between two (usually unrelated) concepts or objects in order to reveal or emphasize one or more things about one of them, though the differences between the two may also be revealing.
    • FIG-1.J: Comparisons between objects or concepts draw on the experiences and associations readers already have those objects and concepts.
    • FIG-1.R: Metaphorical comparisons do not focus simply on the objects being compared; they focus on the particular traits, qualities, or characteristics of the things being compared.
    • FIG-1.S: Comparisons not only communicate literal meaning but may also convey figurative meaning or transmit a perspective.
    • FIG-1.U: Interpretation of an extended metaphor may depend on the context of its use; that is, what is happening in a text may determine what is transferred in the comparison.
    • FIG-1.AI: A conceit is a form of extended metaphor that often appears in poetry. Conceits develop complex comparisons in surprising and paradoxical ways.
    • FIG-1.AJ: Often conceits are used to make complex comparisons between the natural world and the individual.
    • FIG-1.AK: Multiple comparisons, representations, or associations may combine to affect one another in complex ways.
    • 6C: Identify and explain the function of personification.
    • 6.D: Identify and explain the function of an allusion.
    • 5.A: Distinguish between the literal and figurative meanings of words and phrases.
    • FIG-1.L: Words with multiple meanings of words and phrases.

    LAN-1: Readers establish and communicate their interpretations through arguments supported by textual evidence.

    • 7.A: Develop a paragraph that includes 1) a claim that requires defense with evidence from the text and 2) the evidence itself.
    • LAN-1.A: In literary analysis, writers read a text closely to identify details that, in combination, enable them to make and defend a claim about an evidence from the text.
    • LAN-1.B: A claim is a statement that requires defense with evidence from the text.
    • LAN-1.C: In literary analysis, the initial components of a paragraph are the claim and the textual evidence that defends the claim.


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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
    Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.
    Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
    Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.


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