Do your students struggle to understand poetry? This lesson in prewriting will help them immediately engage poems they do not yet understand. As you know, poetry is one of the most difficult types of writing to understand and interpret. Teaching students to first engage their chosen poems by responding to very specific “prewriting prompts” that address both content and form will help them more easily interpret their poems.
This lesson includes:
Directing Questions for Poetry Analysis:
--Overall, larger, “test” questions that help students assess if a poem is a good choice for a paper” questions (This includes a brief review of some figures of speech and sound elements.)
--Overall, Larger Questions
--Prompting questions and nine templates for developing a thesis statement
--“Content” questions that prompt students to engage a poem’s content
--“Sentence Elements” questions that prompt students to a poem’s form, which sentence elements in contains etc., their function etc.
--An analysis of Emily Dickinson’s “I taste a liquor never brewed” based on various responses to “Content” and “Sentence Elements” prompts.