Poetry Analysis for Teens: "Tarantulas on a Lifebuoy" by Thomas Lux

Grade Levels
7th - 10th, Homeschool
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25 pages
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Too many of us are nervous about teaching poetry--but fear no more! This poetry lesson on Thomas Lux's poem "Tarantulas on a Lifebuoy" is on a topic that grabs students' attention right from the start--Tarantulas! The lesson itself is relevant, rigorous, standards-based, and completely do-able. So if you are looking for a poetry lesson that is 100% complete, FULLY EDITABLE, and ready to go with no prep on your part, this lesson is just the thing!

Everything you need is included:

1. A 19-slide colorful PowerPoint that includes
*Links to the poem and additional information on Thomas Lux
*2 Bell Ringers
*Poem Analysis Questions with Answer Key
*Student Handouts
*Mini-lesson/Activity: Style and Punctuation: Adding Dashes to Sentences (Can be taught as a separate 35-minute lesson.)
*Cute Spider Joke
*Exit Ticket

2. A complete Lesson Plan (MS Word document) that includes
*Common Core Standards
*Essential Questions
*Tier 2 and 3 Vocabulary Words
*Mastery Objectives
*Assessment Evidence
*Differentiation (both remediation and acceleration.)
*Terms defined (with links) to help you as you teach

Remember: Both resources are fully editable, so you can personalize the lesson plan or make alterations to the PowerPoint if you'd like!

You can print the lesson, display the PowerPoint, and start teaching in minutes! Great for substitutes or anytime you need a fun, relevant lesson that is completely prepared and ready to go.

Once you've tried this lesson, will you please let me know how it worked in your classroom? I'd love to read your feedback and see your rating in my store.

Teach on!
Total Pages
25 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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