FREE Poetry Analysis with "Introduction to Poetry" by Billy Collins! Answer Key!

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Reading the Rapids
Grade Levels
7th - 10th, Homeschool
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4 pages
Reading the Rapids


Need a unique way to start off a poetry unit?  This FREE poetry lesson on Billy Collins's "Introduction to Poetry" is a great way to kick off any study of poetry.  This close read analysis deals with the following:  Point of view, comparisons (metaphor and simile), theme, motif, author's purpose, structure, personification, mood and tone, You can also use this lesson as a diagnostic to gauge where student abilities are at the genesis of a great poetry unit!  

This FREE lesson contains the following:

Two pages of graphic organizers to aid analysis and critical thinking

Higher order thinking questions
Link for the poem

**This lesson plan is a ZIP file with two PDFs; they are not editable. This is to help protect my work. If you are looking for something editable, this product does not give that capability.  However, all PDFs can be used with distance learning, by using the mark up tools within the PDF.**

This lesson plan covers the following CCSS:

Key Ideas and Details:
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

Craft and Structure:
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

Thank you so much for checking out my lesson plan! Happy teaching!

If you like this you may also like my Editable Poetry Introduction PPT and Guided Notes. Need anything supplemental? Check out my Theme Analysis Activity or Irony Analysis Activity!

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4 pages
Answer Key
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