Analyzing Poetry Workbook Unit / Poetic Devices and Terms

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Grade Levels
9th - 12th
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29 pages
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This mini unit was a perfect way to sneak in a poetry unit during my short summer class. Quality content and extremely well organized.
I like the visuals that go along with this product. The variation for analyzing poetry kept my students engaged. Thank you!


Teach poetic analysis in an effective and engaging way with this Analyzing Poetry Mini-Unit!

Understanding poetry is challenging in itself, but analyzing it is another challenge all in itself. How can get our students to analyze poetry if they don't even understand it (or like it)? That's why I created this mini-unit! After years of research, I created this Poetry Analysis Unit to teach students to analyze poetry by scaffolding three poetry analysis questions:

  • What is happening?
  • Why is it happening?
  • How is it happening?

With these questions as a guide, students will engage in a meaningful and effective unit all about poetic analysis. One of the best parts of this unit is that you can select your own poems or you can use the poems I suggest in my teacher's guide. It will take approximately 3 to 4 45-minute periods to complete. A suggested lesson guided, suggested answer key, and editable assessment rubric is included.

This resource includes:

  • Student workbook in print and digital versions
  • "Pick Your Own Poem" Reader Response Activity
  • Poetry Café Conversation Starter Cards
  • "What Is Happening?" TIES Activity
  • "Why Is It Happening" Speaker Analysis
  • Speaker Task Cards
  • Guided Analysis for "Red, Red Rose" by Robert Burns
  • "How Is It Happening?" Poetic Terms Categories
  • Poetic Terms Category Cards
  • Poetry Analysis Assessment
  • Poetry Analysis Suggested Answer Key for "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas
  • Editable PowerPoint assessment rubric
  • Suggested answer key
  • Teacher guide
  • Directions for downloading digital assignments

*Please note the assessment rubric is the only editable component of this mini-unit.

Check out my Poetry Portfolio for incorporating reading and writing poetry into your poetry unit and my Close Reading and Annotation Unit for teaching poetry annotation.

Total Pages
29 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
3 hours
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