This five-day unit is a perfect way to teach students to effectively analyze poetry and write original poems as well.
In this unit students will read and analyze three famous poems with the common theme of journeys. During each lesson, students will complete multiple readings and analyze the poem in four different ways. The repeated readings enable students to have a much deeper understanding of the poem and the scaffolded analysis skills allow students to build on their interpretations of the poem. Then, using the mentor poems as models, students will write a personification poem and a rhyming poem.
This unit can easily be split into individual lessons - allowing you to teach poetry analysis five different times. Or, the unit can be taught in succession.
This detailed unit includes:
- 3 poems
- 12 close reading and analysis activities
- 2 poetry writing step-by-step guides
- Detailed instructional lesson plans
- Teacher keys for all student worksheets
Poems included in this unit:
- “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost
- “The Railway Train” by Emily Dickinson
- “Journey to Be” by Mark R. Slaughter
Skills developed in this unit:
- Develop an understanding of the poetry genre
- Close reading of complex texts
- Making inferences
- Determining central ideas or themes in poetry
- Interpreting figurative language
- Responding to poetry
- Citing textual evidence to support poem analysis
- Writing analyses with sufficient evidence
- Participating in discussions and expressing ideas about poetry clearly
- Recognize the features of poetry
- Follow the writing process to write original poems
- Incorporate sensory details and figurative language into their writing
- Practice utilizing poetry skills such as rhyme and personification
Common Core State Standards
Reading Standards: RL.1, RL.2, RL.4, RL.6, RL.10
Writing Standards: W.1, W.3, W.5, W.6, W.10
Speaking and Listening Standards: L.1, L.3, L.5, L.6
This unit is part of a Six-Week Incredible Journeys Multi-Unit Bundle Project
. In this project students study a short story about a dog’s journey to his owner, investigate Lewis and Clark’s journal entries, analyze speeches about journeys, research explorers, write speeches about incredible journeys, analyze journey poems, write poetry and reflect on their personal journey while actively meeting 38 Common Core State Standards.
Find out all about the Incredible Journeys Multi-Unit Bundle Here!
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