Poetry Lesson: Gender Studies, Classical Allusion, Margaret Atwood

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Questions on Margaret Atwood’s poem “Siren Song” will get your students doing close reading and analysis of poetic elements, as well as deeper thinking and discussion about the themes and big ideas of the poem.

This well-known poem by Margaret Atwood is a great choice for any unit on The Odyssey, poetry, or gender. In it, Atwood takes the classic story of the mythical sirens and turns it on its head. The poem seems simple, but it is actually quite sophisticated and subtle in its meaning.

Students will be engaged in this poem because of its relevant message and straightforward language. You will love the way your students understand the classic story in a new way and how they will analyze enjambment, diction, and point of view when they work through the poem using the provided questions

The text of the poem is not included because of copyright reasons.

The handout is ready-to-go and the lesson includes suggestions for pre-writing prompts, a final assessment, and creative writing extensions.
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45 Minutes

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Poetry Lesson: Gender Studies, Classical Allusion, Margare
Poetry Lesson: Gender Studies, Classical Allusion, Margare
Poetry Lesson: Gender Studies, Classical Allusion, Margare
Poetry Lesson: Gender Studies, Classical Allusion, Margare
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