Poetry Analysis

Grade Levels
8th - 10th
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16 pages
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Looking for ways to dig deeper into poetry? Do you want students to learn to close read/annotate a poem and write a literary analysis paragraph or paper about it? This resource includes the following:

-common literary devices used with poetry

-how to annotate/close read a poem

-practice annotation with a poem

-analytical paragraph template

-student examples and rubrics

-handout on how to cite poems correctly

Also included is an activity for students to find one or two published poems and complete a close reading assignment. Students enjoy this project because they find poems they like and discuss their thinking.

Happy teaching!


Total Pages
16 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence, signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another, and show the relationships among experiences and events.
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.


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