Use these bell ringer prompts to give students practice reading and analyzing poems quickly. Each handout requires students to provide theme topics, theme statements, and text support for their responses. There are five poems by classic American authors and bell ringers in total (these could last one week or five weeks depending on how you use them). If desired, students can choose their own poems to analyze and use the blank template.
Poems included follow:
If We Must Die by Claude McKay
The Author to Her Book by Anne Bradstreet
Hope by Emily Dickinson
Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar
A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman
Instructions for using the bell ringers and sample keys for each poem are provided in the resource. Furthermore, several suggestions are provided for using these handouts as other activities.
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