This poem will exercise a Student’s ability to imagine the actions and setting of a poem. The use of 2nd Person POV aids this process by putting them in the shoes of the Speaker who has made mistakes that he can’t take back. The frequent use of figurative language, vivid imagery, and evocative verbs all induce empathy and suggest that the memories of the incident will be forever ingrained in the Speaker’s mind.
The Graphic Organizer I have made breaks the process of making inferences about figurative language into 3 Steps:
1st: Identify the figurative language
2nd: Explaining what the figurative language is literally trying to convey.
3rd: Make inferences as to why the poet uses the figurative language as opposed to expressing their meaning literally.
The Lesson Plan and Guide provides a framework for the 2-day lesson, includes questions to ask the class, mentions potential areas of difficulty, and has a list of defined vocabulary words
Copy of poem text NOT included, but can be found at poets.org. Lesson conforms to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)