This Poetry Research Unit: Activities and Flipbook includes a variety of fun and engaging poetry activities that lead up to a research project for students. This is perfect for middle school students!
The unit begins with a whole-class activity where students will be introduced to the most common figurative language devices and basic characteristics of poetry (metaphor, simile, idiom, etc.) with a fun Figurative Language Trifold. Students will work with the teacher to analyze a short poem called "Roman Streets" by Caitlin Mitchell, while identifying these poetic devices. Following, students will then work on analyzing a more complex poem - Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken" (annotations and discussion questions are provided for you!) before completing a poetry research flipbook focusing on a poet and poem of their choice using all of the knowledge they've gained from the previous activities!
INCLUDED IN THIS UNIT:
- Instructions for Use:
Detailed instructions for teacher to easily implement this unit in the classroom. Could easily be used as an emergency sub plan if need be!
- Figurative Language Review Brochure:
A fun brochure that reviews or introduces six of the most common types of figurative language - metaphor, simile, personification, hyperbole, alliteration, and idiom. Also includes a poem ("Roman Streets" by Caitlin Mitchell) for students to analyze after reviewing.
- "The Road Not Taken" Poetry Analysis:
To delve further into the various ways to analyze and annotate a poem, students will work with their teacher, in partners, or groups to complete an in-depth analysis of Robert Frost's famous work. We've also included an answer key, as well as a detailed analysis of each stanza in Frost's poem.
- Poetry Research Flipbook Instructions for Students:
Easily walk students through their research process using these instructions as well as a brainstorming sheet to get them started.
- Poetry Research Flipbook:
A fun way to display the research students have completed. Includes pages for: background information of poet, interesting facts about poet, analysis and explanation of how poet's life influenced their works, a page to include a poem of student's choice by the poet they've research (students will also analyze / annotate poem on this page as well), a final page with more analysis of the poem students chose (including figurative language, rhyme scheme, etc.)
For ease of grading, we've included a rubric for you. We've left the point values blank so you can choose a point structure that works best for your classroom.
We know your middle school students will love this Poetry Research Unit: Activities and Flipbook resource!
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