Poetry Activities, Surviving Senioritis & End-of-Year, Traditional & Digital

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Julie Faulkner
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8th - 12th, Homeschool
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  1. My poetry single mini lessons challenge students to close read, annotate, analyze, and respond personally and creatively to poetry. Each poem is introduced with a poet's mini bio. Then the directions for guided annotations allow students to unpack the poem with accuracy. For a more in-depth respon
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Capture the attention of every student - even those tough seniors - at the end of year in April and May with this low prep, highly engaging packet of activities and lessons for poetry!

Teaching seniors can be challenging, especially when you round that Spring Break corner. Hey, who am I kidding? Mine never even make it that long! By the end of February, they are as restless as a willow in a windstorm! Over the years, I began to bring in some thematic poetry and interactive projects. I always found that these type projects began to cure that senioritis. Use these short poetry lessons like a unit for poetry month, or pick and choose what is right for you. With each lesson, I can assure you that your students will be engaged, and you will be impressed with their insight, honesty, and creativity. While this is the perfect bundle of poems for high school seniors, it would be perfect for upper middle and high school students of any age! NOW in printable and digital (for Google) format!

Student Experience: Included are six of those successful poetry lessons and projects for a fun unit, and the variety included will keep your students engaged for days. Every creative lesson is anchored with a very powerful, poignant, and challenging poem that will touch your seniors in a special way. The poems are rich in thematic elements, figurative language, imagery, and vocabulary. There are a variety of activities included here. Some are fun; some are light; some are serious. I think that’s what makes this mini unit so effective. Warning: Cold chills and impressive bulletin boards ahead!

Students will study classic and modern poetry:

  • “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” Dylan Thomas
  • “An Indian Walks In Me” By Marilou Awiakta
  • “Walking Away” By C. Day-Lewis
  • “If You Forget Me” By Pablo Neruda
  • “The Dash” By Linda Ellis
  • "Live Like You Were Dying" sung by Tim McGraw

*There will be one PDF file download. From there you'll find each poetry lesson, printable versions with answers, links to the poems and audio/video versions, and links to the digital versions, and the posters.

Classroom success stories from other teachers who have tried this resource:

♥ "With less than a month left for the Seniors, they are losing their focus in class quickly. These are great assignments that keep them engaged and challenge them to keep at it. This is also great for Poetry Month (April). My student's actual poems (from the extension activities) are being published in our campus newsletter to celebrate it."

♥ "Julie, all of your resources are great! I used this at end of school year, and my kids loved it. Thanks"

♥ "This unit is perfect. Everything is spot on for seniors who are excited for life, but reluctant to leave high school. I've used this for two sets of seniors and both have enjoyed it."

♥ "This is a perfect break without deviating from standards and rigor. Thank you!"

♥ "Hoping this reins my seniors in a bit before they graduate! Thanks for another terrific resource!"

♥ "My students are enjoying this and it has given me something valuable to do at the end of the year with bored seniors. Thank you!"

♥ "You simply cannot go wrong purchasing anything from Julie. She always provides you with relevant, interesting takes on material that is very well received by students. Well done!"

♥ "Just what I needed for surviving the next few weeks with my apathetic seniors! Thanks so much!"

♥ "Always love your resources, and this one didn't disappoint! I'm using it with my seniors for an end of the year lesson. It is facilitating many wonderful discussions before they graduate and head out into the world! Thank you!"

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Updated Spring 2020

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Total Pages
58 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.


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