Poetry Analysis Activity: A Poetry Peel for Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Poetry Analysis Activity: A Poetry Peel for Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Poetry Analysis Activity: A Poetry Peel for Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Poetry Analysis Activity: A Poetry Peel for Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Poetry Analysis Activity: A Poetry Peel for Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Poetry Analysis Activity: A Poetry Peel for Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Poetry Analysis Activity: A Poetry Peel for Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Poetry Analysis Activity: A Poetry Peel for Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Poetry Analysis Activity: A Poetry Peel for Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
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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.

Included in this product:

  • A two layer collaborative poetry analysis poster that can be printed at school on regular computer paper!
  • A full answer key.
  • A 6 page student packet with a copy of the poem, an about the author page, poetic terms reference sheet, and complete directions for the activity.
  • Individual student reflection to hold each student accountable and to take the guess work out of grading a group project.
  • Teacher instructions.
  • A rubric for easy grading.

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Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
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.
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 how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
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Teaching Duration
2 hours
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