A very comprehensive look at the elements that make up the tone of a poem.
This 28 slide PowerPoint covers line length, diction, and sound and how these elements inform the reader of the tone of the poem.
There are tons of contemporary poems throughout the PowerPoint with questions for students along the way to keep them engaged and accountable for the information. The PowerPoint concludes with a Billy Collins poem. There are several questions about the poem wherein the students will be asked to assess its tone using the information presented to them throughout the PowerPoint. These questions could be used as a small quiz.
This could be presented over two class periods, or even longer depending on how much you'd like to discuss the poems that are presented in the PowerPoint.