AP Literature Structure and Shifts in Poetry Lesson (CED Poetry Unit 1)

Zip (4 MB|26 pages)
Digital Download
Digital Download
Share this resource

Also included in

  1. 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:Introductory Poetry Materials: Hook your s
    Save $1.70

Learning Objective

Students will be able to explain the function of structure and contrasts in a text.


AP Literature Structure and Shifts in Poetry Lesson: Empower your AP Lit. or advanced students to think deeply about the way poets structure their literary texts through analyzing "Untitled" by Peter Meinke, utilizing engaging task cards with a variety of other poems, and taking notes on key structures and shifts in poetry. This resource is aligned to Poetry Unit I of the 2019 AP Literature CED and is the perfect way to introduce structure and shifts in poetry without overwhelming students.

Once the lesson is complete, students will demonstrate their understanding by working with a partner or small group to work on task cards that will help further develop their understanding of how shifts and structural choices impact the overall meaning of the text.


Alignment to AP Literature Curriculum Framework:

STR-1: The arrangement of the 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 the text.

3.C - Explain the function of structure in a text.

  • Line and stanza breaks contribute to the development and relationship of ideas in the poem.
  • The arrangement of lines and stanzas contributes to the development and relationship of ideas in a poem.
  • A text's structure affects readers' reactions and expectations by presenting the relationships among the ideas of the text via their relative positions and their placement within the text as a whole.

3.D - Explain the function of contrasts within a text.

  • Contrast can be introduced through focus; tone; point of view; character, narrator, or speaker perspective; dramatic situation or moment; settings or time; or imagery.
  • Contrasts are the results of shifts or juxtapositions or both.
  • Shifts may be signaled by a word, a structural convention, or punctuation.
  • Shifts may emphasize contrasts between particular segments of a text.


This Resource Includes:

  • An introductory activity, guiding students through analyzing Peter Meinke's poem, "Untitled."
  • A 21-slide presentation on analyzing structure and shifts in poetry.
  • Four small-group/partner task cards to help students practice analyzing structure and shifts in poetry.


Looking for more poetry resources? Check out the following:


How to Get FREE TPT Credit to Use on Future Purchases:

  • Go to the My Purchases page and you'll see a Provide Feedback button next to your purchase. Click on it and it will take you to a page where you can give a quick rating and add a short comment in order to receive TPT Credit that you can use for the purchase of your choice!

Want to be the first to know about store discounts, sales, freebies, and new products?

  • Scroll to the top of this page and click on the Follow Me button next to my profile picture. This will ensure that you'll get updates about everything going on in my store!

Let's be social! Come connect with me!

Total Pages
26 pages
Answer Key
Not Included
Teaching Duration
1 hour
Report this Resource to TpT
Reported resources will be reviewed by our team. Report this resource to let us know if this resource violates TpT’s content guidelines.


Questions & Answers

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.

More About Us

Keep in Touch!

Sign Up