Poetry Introduction Middle School Casey at the Bat

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6th - 8th, Homeschool
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  1. Why do we often submit our students to long, dull, (dare I say, torturous) poetry units that they hate? Why not make poetry as fun and exciting as it has the potential to be?This unit does just that! Inside this .pdf file, you will find 10 elements of poetry lesson plans and activities plus a pre an
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Reading poetry is HARD! Help your middle school students learn how to approach reading a poem with these strategies and resources! Included is everything you need to equip your students withthe tools and strategies they need to know how to read and navigate a poem!

No-Prep, Print & Go resources to help your students learn to read poetry!

With this basic introduction to reading poems, your students will feel confident in approaching any poem they encounter! Students will learn important vocabulary used to discuss poetry and will learn strategies to read and understand poetry. Students use the poem, "Casey at the Bat," ⚾ to practice navigating through a poem and utilizing the strategies to increase their comprehension.

This lesson can be used in a traditional classroom setting OR digitally for a distance learning activity via TpT's digital activity platform, Easel!

What's Included:

  • General Teacher Guidelines and Instructions
  • Lesson outline with step-by-step teacher instructions.
  • Link to Engaging Google Slides Presentation that will guide you and your students through the lesson and the activities. Over 30 Slides!
  • Two Differentiated Student Assignments to practice reading and understanding poetry using Ernest Lawrence Thayer's "Casey at the Bat."
  • "Strategies for Reading Poetry" Student Handout
  • Answer Keys for both "Casey at the Bat" differentiated assignments.

Lesson Outline:

  • Reading and Navigating Poetry Introduction
  • Defining Lines, Stanzas, Rhyme Scheme
  • Strategies for Understanding Poetry
  • Teacher Modeling/Guided Practice
  • Independent Practice "Casey at the Bat"

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Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.
Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text, including contrasting what they “see” and “hear” when reading the text to what they perceive when they listen or watch.


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