Poetry Annotation - How to Annotate a Poem Guide Instructions & Assignment

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My students used this in pairs work with Emily Dickinson. They followed the guide and did an awesome job annotating and presenting their poems.
This is such a good resource to use!! It helps my students understand how to and practice annotating. Thank you!
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Teach poetry annotation with this ready-to-use resource that guides students through the entire process of how to annotate a poem. Analyzing poetry is very challenging for students, but with this step-by-step guide, your students will feel totally confident annotating any poem they encounter during your poetry unit. This resource goes through all of the practical steps that students must take when analyzing and annotating a poem, and there is absolutely no prep required!

Included in this poetry annotation resource:

➡️ Detailed teacher instructions outlining how to use this resource effectively in your classroom

➡️ A PowerPoint presentation that reviews each of the seven steps for poetry annotation

➡️ A blank poem (stanzas from "I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud" by William Wordsworth) that students will annotate as they learn the seven steps to poetry annotation. The presentation allows the teacher to easily show examples of a model response for each of the steps.

➡️ A detailed student handout with instructions for each of the seven steps on how to annotate a poem

➡️ A completed annotation of Wordsworth's poem that students can use as a model for reference

Poetry topics and skills addressed in this poetry annotation resource:

This poetry annotation guide allows students to use a variety of ELA and poetry-specific skills and standards. Below you will find a list of some of the skills this resource addresses:

  • Summarizing and paraphrasing
  • Vocabulary in Context
  • Locating and analyzing literary devices (metaphor, simile, imagery, personification, hyperbole, oxymoron, allusion, alliteration, etc.)
    Examining poetic form (stanzas, meter, rhyme scheme, etc.)
  • Interpreting poetic theme

What teachers are saying about using this poetry annotation resource:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a fantastic resource. It is well laid out, easy to follow and provided resources that were ready to go. We used this as our instruction guide on how to analyze poetry, then had the students repeat the process using a song as poetry, but following the same procedure. Poetry became a favorite unit for several students who came in disliking poetry as a whole!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The step-by-step PowerPoint and instructions were great for my students who had never done annotation for a poem before. Breaking it down with examples allowed for clear expectations for my students to complete the activities

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
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.
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.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.


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