This poetry analysis of "I Died for Beauty" by Emily Dickinson is heavily scaffolded so that students can complete it on their own or in partners. This independent poetry activity is perfect for substitutes, summer packets, blizzard bags (eLearning), or enrichment.
This poetry analysis is appropriate for middle schoolers, in and out of a traditional classroom setting. It has been designed to take about 1 hour.
Here are some ideas for using this activity:
*Substitute Plans (6-8)*
This print-and-go activity is ready to leave with a substitute. Students can complete the analysis worksheets independently or in pairs, and then work on their own for the short answer and creative tasks. Time permitting, they can give peer feedback on the response poems.
*Beach Bag (rising 7-8)*
Many teachers combat summer slide, or the skills students lose over a summer of not reading or writing. A beach bag is a take-home activity designed to reconnect students to their analysis skills from the school year.
*Blizzard Bag (6-8)*
Many districts are designating eLearning days as a way to keep students connected to the classroom in heavy winter weather. A blizzard bag is an independent activity that uses classroom skills. This activity is graded like a normal assignment.
Some students need extra practice using some of these basic analysis skills. Use this activity in enrichment sessions.
-Use textual evidence to support inferences (RL.7.1)
-Determine a central idea and analyze its development (RL.7.2)
-Analyze the impact of specific word choice on meaning and tone (RL.7.4)
-Determine how a poet develops point of view in the text (RL.7.6)
What you get:
1. A Task Page including notetaking and Key Ideas & Details
2. A Craft & Structure Page focused on connotation and author’s tone
3. Short Answer Topics (assign as many as you want)
4. Creative Topic: Response Poem & Self-Evaluation Rubric
5. Teacher Rubrics
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