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This "spooktacular" two-day poetry mini lesson for Halloween is excellent if you are looking for a poem and project for your middle or high school students with some rigor and fun. The poem "The Listeners" by Walter de la Mare could go easily with a study ballads, sound devices, or figurative language. Silence Has Never Been This Eerie...
In this lesson designed for Halloween, students will close read and annotate a poem. Guiding questions for that process are included. Next, they will assume the role of a real estate agent who has been asked to list the house from “The Listeners," and they will use textual evidence to write a classified ad to sell this house. Do you have the guts to take on a haunted house?
- lesson plan
- sample classroom annotations
- text-based, real-world culminating collaborative project with template
- no prep guided questions with answers
- CCSS links
- 100% editable
- literary analysis short writing prompt
Classroom success stories from other teachers who have tried this resource:
♥ "Use this resource in my APLit class for a fun, but also educational, activity. It worked really well because we'd been doing poetry! They liked it and had fun. Thanks!"
♥ "This is great. I printed one poem on large post it paper. I am having the students work in groups and annotate the poem. Then each group has a different question. We will come back as a whole group and discuss each questions."
♥ "This poem is great and I was able to use your questions for a test prep course! Thank you!"
♥ "Really fun lesson for the Halloween season! A great review for narrative poetry. Thanks!"
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Resource Updated 9-2018