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Poetry Analysis Worksheets - CLOSE read with any poem!

The Owl Spot
Grade Levels
5th - 8th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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4 pages
The Owl Spot


This Poetry analysis worksheet is perfect for your students to analyze any poem that they read! It forces students to take a closer look at the poems they read and gain a deeper understanding of the author’s use of poetry to communicate his/her ideas.

Concepts included on the worksheet:
1. Summarizing literal meaning
2. Determining poetic form
3. Identifying rhyme scheme
4. Identifying sensory images
5. Determining types of rhyme (internal vs. end rhyme, exact,
eye, slant)
6. Identifying literary devices (similes, metaphors, alliteration,
onomatopoeia, repetition, allusions, symbolism, hyperbole,
and personification)
7. Determining the theme of the poem
8. Giving a personal response

This worksheet can be used in a whole class discussion of a poem or on an individual level. Keep a stack of these worksheets in a literacy center along with a copy of different grade level appropriate poems for students to read and interact with during workshop or as an early finishers activity.

These are also great for a CLOSE reading activity! Read the poem the first time together to get the main “gist” of the poem. Then, work through the worksheet during a second read to dig deeper. There’s no need to create a separate sheet for each poem you read. It’s all here!

Check out these other poetry resources for your class:
1. Emily Dickinson Author Study and Poetry Analysis Pack


2. Poetry Response Menu

3. Poetry Form Anchor Charts

The Poetry Analysis Worksheet is created by Martha Hach from “The Owl Spot.” Your purchase entitles you to copy and use this for your single classroom. If you wish to share with another colleague, either purchase an additional license to share or direct others to my TpT store to purchase their own. You may not share, copy or upload to a shared server.

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Happy teaching! – Martha from "The Owl Spot"
Total Pages
4 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Analyze how a drama’s or poem’s form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.


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