Annotating Poetry: A lesson on how to read and annotate poems

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This resource was perfect to use for my students when we went over poetry during our Horror genre unit. Additionally, this will be useful when we further explore poetry in our upcoming unit.
This resource was AMAZING. It is my first time teaching HS English and it was a full lesson with examples and support. Excellent for myself and my students!
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Poetry: Teach your students how to annotate poetry! This Annotating Poetry lesson includes everything you need to teach your middle and high school students how to annotate poetry.

There are two different files in the zipped download:

- An editable, animated 34 slide PowerPoint

- A PDF document with supplementary materials.

The PowerPoint walks students step-by-step through the annotation process. It also includes a guided practice of William Wordsworth's poem, "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud."

The supplementary material includes:

- A student annotation guide reference sheet (color and B&W)

- Student reference bookmarks (color and B&W)

- A full-text annotation exercise (I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud)

- A suggested key for the annotation exercise

- Student note pages

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34 slides, 7
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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