My Papa's Waltz Poetry Analysis and Writing

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Analyze a Poem: My Papa's Waltz

This resource is a complete set of student materials for analyzing Theodore Roethke’s poem “My Papa’s Waltz.” The lesson plan guides students through 3 readings of the poem, each requiring more complex poetry analysis, culminating in a final writing assignment about family relationships in the poem and the poem’s tone. Included in this poetry analysis resource for “My Papa’s Waltz” are all student materials, a detailed answer key and rubrics for the writing assignments. I designed this resource to be completed in a 90-minute class period. It is suitable for grades 7-9.

In this lesson on “My Papa’s Waltz,” students complete the following:
1. Do Now: Students review definitions to select vocabulary words found in the poem.
2. First Read: Students read to get the gist of the poem, and develop a basic understanding of what happens in each stanza.
3. Second Read: Students analyze the experiences of the child and the father in the poem, based on nouns, verbs and adjectives in the poem.
4. Third Read: Students analyze key lines in the poem, as well as word choice.
5. Final Analysis: Students write two paragraphs. One covers the family relationship in the poem; the other analyzes its tone.

This resource directly addresses the following Common Core Standards: R1 (cite evidence to support analysis of what the text says and draw inferences), R2 (analyze theme), R4 (determine the meaning of unknown words in the text, analyze tone).

This download contains PDF’s of the following:
1. Teacher Directions (1 page)
2. Student Materials (5 pages)
3. Complete Answer Key (5 pages)

Due to terms of use in the clip art and fonts, this resource is not editable. Due to copyright restrictions, this resource DOES NOT include the text of the poem.

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My Papa's Waltz Poetry Analysis and Writing
My Papa's Waltz Poetry Analysis and Writing
My Papa's Waltz Poetry Analysis and Writing
My Papa's Waltz Poetry Analysis and Writing