Have you ever taught students a multitude of poetry techniques to help them analyze the mood of a particular poem like connotation, word choice, figurative language and sound devices, and then when you ask them to actually analyze the mood of a particular poem you get responses like: "I think it's happy."
I've done this for years and finally decided I needed to model the correct way to write a mood analysis. This fill in the blank worksheet is to be paired with the popular poem "Casey at the Bat". After students have studied the poetry terms in your curriculum, have them read Casey at the Bat and analyze the mood simply by filling in the blanks. Once they have established the language you expect them to use, then they will be better prepared to analyze other poems in your curriculum or of their choice by wording their responses in a similar way.
Often before I have them fill in the blanks I have them circle all the words related to poetry that are already on the worksheet. This gives them a clue as to how many examples and poetry terms I'd like them to use in their essay.
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