Attached are nine poetry lessons from all different backgrounds. Poems included are Ballad of Birmingham by Dudley Randall; the drum by Nikki Giovanni; Thumbprint by Eve Mirriam; Facing It By Yusef Komunyakaa ; The Echoing Green by William Blake; Titanic by David R. Slavitt; The Titanic by Aleister Crowley; Dreams, Mother-to-Son, and Dreams Deferred by Langston Hughes; First Practice by Gary Gildner; and Ex-Basketball Player by John Updike. Comprehension questions range from point-of-view, speaker, compare-and-contrast, vocabulary, text structure, theme, figurative language, and mood!
Great for Common Core standards: 5.2; 5.3; 5.4; 5.5; 5.6; 6.4; 6.5; 6.6; 6.7; 6.9; 7.6; and 7.7
Extremely high-level, high-interest poetry to challenge students.