Need an engaging introduction to your poetry unit or Black History Month activities?
This set of interactive notebook guided close reading lessons for Langston Hughes’s poetry includes the poems "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," "Dreams," "Mother to Son," and "Harlem" (Dream Deferred). The lessons are based on the TPCASTT analysis model: Title, Paraphrase, Connotations, Attitude (tone), Shift, Title revisited, and Theme.
Each lesson is designed to be projected onto a whiteboard and guides your students through the analysis of a poem, emphasizing two or three poetic devices in addition to the TPCASTT model, as they add notes using the foldable pieces in their notebooks.
♦ Consider the significance of the title
♦ Paraphrase the poem line by line
♦ Discuss connotations of important words
♦ Identify the speaker's tone
♦ Determine the theme of the poem
♦ Analyze the poet's use of allusion, assonance, extended metaphor, imagery, repetition, rhyme, simile, & vernacular, and their part in developing the theme
♦ Compare the development of theme in two poems
♦ Analyze the poet's style
Revised Jan. 2018
Updated files for all four lessons, including new Teacher Guides and refreshed design for slideshow presentations
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