Poetry Lesson - Christina Rossetti - Text Dependent Questions - PDF & Google

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Are you looking for a classic poem that's perfect for teaching similes? This short poem by Christina Rossetti includes a lesson plan, text dependent questions and a copy of the poem - everything you need for a great lesson on comprehending poetry and understanding similes! And the poetry glossary is full of terms that will help students understand other poems!

This Poetry Break! features the first stanza of A Birthday by Christina Rossetti. Don't be fooled - its more about love than birthdays! This is a great poem for Valentine's Day, or anytime! The Student sheet focuses on analyzing the similes and images in this poem, and making an inference about the title. In a few minutes, you can hit a lot of standards!

You get:

1. A copy of the poem

2. Suggestions for teaching, including biographical information about Rossetti that helps you understand her themes

3. A Student Sheet

4. A Poetry Glossary

5. A Google Slides version of the student sheets

Take a break for poetry!

This resource is included in the Poetry Break! - No Prep Valentine's Day Mini Unit


Want to continue the poetry fun? Check out these other fun poetry resources!

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Poetry Break! - A Ring Upon Her Finger by Christina Rossetti

A Visit from St. Nicholas - No prep holiday activities

Limericks by Edward Lear - Perfect for St. Patrick's Day!


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.


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