Poetry Close Reading Strategies: Step by Step for Middle School English

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Darlene Anne
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This is an awesome resource for teaching poetry - I've used it many times over the years and find it extremely effective. I highly recommend!
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Poetry: Close Reading Step by Step

Do you sometimes feel like you’re swimming upstream when teaching poetry? I know I did. But there is hope! Poetry: Close Reading Step by Step Strategies is chock full of resources to give your students the confidence and knowledge they need to tackle close reading of poetry.

This is the poetry version of the TpT top-selling Close Read: Step by Step Strategies for Success for fiction and nonfiction.
*Save 20%! This product is now part of an amazing close reading bundle! Close Reading Step by Step Strategies Bundle
***PLEASE NOTE: This product contains the visuals from this product: Poetry: Close Reading Posters, Handouts, and Bookmarks Pack
You do not have to purchase both products to get the visuals. If you would like poems and annotations, purchase this unit. If you do not need the poems, you can purchase the other unit.***

If your students are struggling with close reading of poetry, or are still using highlighters (and highlighting the ENTIRE poem), this will be extremely helpful. However, this will be useful even if they are old pros at reading poetry. Students will not only learn how to annotate and read deeply, they will also learn what information to look for in poems.

Teaching students how to read closely empowers them to become independent learners, and the importance of reading closely becomes clear in the first two words of the Common Core K-12 Anchor Standards:
*CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1: 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.

The step-by-step process is effective. It includes a gradual release of responsibility, which gives students confidence, as well as practice.

Step 1: Teacher directs/models.   
Step 2: Students collaborate. 
Step 3: Independent practice.

This unit is designed to make it easy to differentiate instruction. It contains the following resources:

~ Close Reading of Poetry Step-by-Step Visual Instructions
~ Helpful Terminology Glossary (including forms of poetry, literary elements, and more)
~ Step 1: Observing Close Reading of Poetry
~ How to Perform a Close Read
~ Step 2: Reading Poetry with a Partner
~ Step 3: Reading Poetry Independently
~ What is Close Reading?: Poster
~ Text Toolbox Symbols
~ CLOSE: Poster
~ Poetry: What to Ask- Poster
~ Read Closely: Poster
~ Posters: Student Handout (interactive notebook sized)
~ "The Arrow and the Song" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Grades 5-6
~ "Barter" by Sara Teasdale; Grades 5-6
~ "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" by William Wordsworth; Grades 5-6
~ "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost; Grades 7-8
~ "The Village Blacksmith" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Grades 7-8
~ "Sea Fever" by John Masefield; Grades 7-8
~ Annotations for all Poems
~ Close Reading of Poetry Bookmarks
~ Song Links

*Please Note: All of the student handouts and poems are designed so that they can be trimmed to fit into marble notebooks. The posters can be laminated and placed on display to serve as reminders of the key components of the close read. The bookmarks can be printed back-to-back and can be used until students get accustomed to annotating. I have provided options for individualizing as well, because some students prefer coming up with their own symbols.

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Thank you and happy teaching!
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