If your secondary students are anything like mine, they usually don't get too excited about writing poetry (or reading it, for that matter). I'm always looking for ways to teach students important ELA concepts by combining skills and making the learning process less stressful for all. Because many students struggle with analyzing poetry and with writing, I came up with a three (or more) day lesson that combines engaging poems, analysis, and a lesson on diction.
This product contains:
- A suggested overview / lesson use for teachers
- A 13-slide diction PDF presentation with built-in denotation and connotation exercises
- 3 pages of appealing student guided notes
- 7 classic poems for analysis and close reading (including an exemplar text)
- Scaffolded questions that ask students to analyze the poet's use of diction (as it relates to figurative language, imagery, sound devices, theme, symbolism, denotation, connotation, tone, and mood)
- A writing assignment to be used as a bell ringer on the first day and a post-assessment / extension activity following the poems and discussion
- A diction checklist for poem revision
- A reflection sheet for students to think about what they learned during the lesson
- Answer keys!
The goal of this lesson is to engage students in poetry that is not boring, to help them understand the importance and impact of diction in writing, and to get them to write poetry (and not hate it!). Use this lesson during National Poetry Month, during a poetry unit, as part of writing instruction that focuses specifically on word choice, or as a complement to your curriculum in general.
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Pyramus and Thisbe Reading Guide: Symbolism, Theme, and Connections
Analyzing Music to Teach Poetry
Romeo and Juliet Figurative Language Bundle
Get Schooled! Figurative Language Game
Romeo and Juliet Prologue Identification Exercise
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