Poetry Analysis Unit: Analyzing 5 Poems - Google Classroom Distance Learning

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5th - 8th
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Completely aligned to the standards and perfect for formal observations. The poems are engaging and take students through step-by-step analysis. Lesson plans are detailed and easy to follow.
Loved the poems that were selected, the graphic organizers and lessons were very easy to follow and complete!
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Teaching poetry reading and analysis doesn't have to be intimidating or overwhelming. This poetry unit makes interpreting and analyzing poetry very accessible!

In this CCSS-aligned poetry unit students will closely read five poems from diverse authors. Each poem is accompanied by four analysis tasks. After each reading, students dive deeper into the interpretation and analysis of the poem. Then, based on the work that students have done while reading and responding to the poem, they will construct a detailed analysis of the poem. The best part is that by the time students write their poem analysis, they’re armed with a strong understanding of the poem. In addition, students learn all about poetry elements. You'll be so impressed with their responses that are not only accurate, but also filled with text examples and evidence. (Your students will be impressed and proud, too.)

This unit can easily be split into individual lessons - allowing you to teach poetry analysis five different times throughout the school year. Or, the unit can be taught in succession.

Great News! The student packet is also available as a Google Slides resource for students. In addition to the PDF version, students can complete the packet pages via a file sharing service such as Google Drive, Google Classroom, or in the internet “cloud.” The digital version of the packet is accessible from any computer and allows students to complete their work online.

This detailed unit includes:

  • 20 close reading and analysis activities
  • Detailed instructional lesson plans
  • Teacher keys for all student worksheets
  • 5 pages for printing or typing the poems

Students will read and analyze these poems:

  • “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost
  • “If I can stop one heart from breaking” by Emily Dickinson
  • “Abandoned Farmhouse” by Ted Kooser
  • “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes
  • “Oranges” by Gary Soto

* IMPORTANT - The poems are NOT included in this resource. However, multiple links for each poem are included. You will be able to easily click, print and/or type each poem. You'll find 5 template pages for each poem included in case you would like to coordinate the poems with the analysis tasks. Super easy!

Skills developed in this unit:

  • Close reading of complex texts
  • Making inferences
  • Determining central ideas or themes in poetry
  • Interpreting figurative language
  • Responding to poetry
  • Citing textual evidence to support poem analysis
  • Writing analyses with sufficient evidence
  • Participating in discussions and expressing ideas about poetry clearly

FYI: This unit is also a part of this bundle --- Poetry Reading, Writing, and Analyzing BUNDLE!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
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 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.


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