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In this packet, students will read "the sonnet-ballad" by Gwendolyn Brooks, "Introduction to Poetry" by Billy Collins, and "Eating Poetry" by Mark Strand. This packet serves as a comfortable starting point for those students who are resistant to studying poetry. Through the use of scaffolding, students will work through a poem to identify its figurative language, sound devices, theme, and challenging vocabulary. On day two, students will be able to shift from guided to independent practice.