This Critical Thinking Through Poetry Analysis Bundle includes six lessons that guide students through close readings and analysis of poems by Robert Frost, John Milton, William Wordsworth, Phillis Wheatley, and Abel Meeropol. This bundle also includes a mini-lesson on diction.
Comparing Meaning and Tone: Phillis Wheatley & Olaudah Equiano:
In this Common Core-aligned three-day mini-unit, students conduct a comparative analysis of "On Being Brought from Africa to America" by Phillis Wheatley and "The Middle Passage" by Olaudah Equiano.
Politics of a Wall in Robert Frost's "Mending Wall":
In this lesson plan, students consider the larger social and political implications of walls, analyze the perspective of the speaker in Robert Frost's "Mending Wall," and evaluate the logic that Frost's speaker uses to appeal to the neighbor.
Italian Sonnets Close Reading Lessons: John Milton & William Wordsworth:
This two-day lesson introduces students to the Italian sonnet form. Students closely read and analyze "On His Being Arrived to the Age of Twenty-three" by John Milton with teacher support, and then apply their understanding of Italian sonnets during a close reading of "London, 1802" by William Wordsworth.
Analyzing Multiple Interpretations of Strange Fruit:
Students analyze Abel Meeropol's "Strange Fruit," and then compare three musical interpretations of the poem. Use this resource to address the Common Core, and spark critical discussions about music, race, and gender.
Mini-Lesson: Introducing Diction:
Introduce your students to diction: Formal, simple, slang. This resource includes five PowerPoint slides with instructional notes.
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