Easy 6-step process for students to unpack the meaning of a poem.
• Explanations for how to read a poem by each step
• Student worksheet to fill out while analyzing a poem
• Example worksheet filled in based on “Harlem” by Langston Hughes
• Poetry terms to know
This poetry reading guide is especially useful before asking students to write about a poem. I recommend starting writing about poetry by using the "précis" which is an accessible form of academic analytical writing in 4 sentences. Students find quick success with the précis.