Miniver Cheevy by Edwin Arlington Robinson, Poetry Analysis, PDF & Google Drive

Laura Randazzo
Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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4-page PDF + Google Drive version of student handouts (uneditable)
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Laura Randazzo
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Use “Miniver Cheevy,” Edwin Arlington Robinson’s famous tale of the man crippled by his love of the past, to teach your students the elements of poetry analysis.

Begin with a reading of the poem from the attractive, modern-designed handout of the public domain work that includes helpful footnotes and space on the page for close reading annotations. After students have completed a close reading of the poem, then hand out copies of the question worksheet, which features eleven short answer depth-of-knowledge questions that will require students to dig back into the text of the poem as well as their own minds to find the answers. Finally, after students have finished answering the questions, launch a full-class discussion of the answers; the detailed answer key included in the lesson materials will not only ease your grading, but also can be used as a helpful discussion-starter.

This lesson will take 45 minutes to complete and can easily be folded into ANY poetry unit or American literature class. The lesson is fully contained and would work as an emergency sub plan, too!

Designed for advanced middle school and high school students.

This product downloads as a PDF and includes Google Drive versions of student handouts.

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4-page PDF + Google Drive version of student handouts (uneditable)
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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