Help your students to finally grasp what it means to peel back the layers of challenging poetry analysis with a Poetry Peel. In this collaborative poetry analysis project, students work together to first paraphrase Frances Ellen Watkin's Harper poem "Lines" on the surface level of a giant poster. Then, students literally peel back the layers of their collaborative poster answering higher-level analysis questions. This project is engaging, standards-based, and helps prepare students to answer questions they might encounter on high-stakes tests.
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper is a poet all students should be reading. As a Black woman growing up free during the time of slavery, she was a trailblazer, an abolitionist, a woman's rights activist, and an avid writer. She published multiple collections of poetry, short stories, and even a novel. Harper's poetry is the star of the show--her words are POWERFUL. This will be a poetry activity your kids will never forget!
This lesson will take approximately two 40-60 minute class periods, depending on the skill level of your students.
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