Poetry Project: Explication and Interpretation

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This poetry analysis project has been a favorite of my students, and I’m sure yours will love it, too! It’s successfully been used with honors English / AP Literature students in grades 9-12, though you could use it with general education students, too, particularly in the upper grades.

What’s so great about this project? It allows students to demonstrate their understanding of poetry by explicating/analyzing the poem, teaching the poem to the class (thus exposing everyone to great poetry without you having to teach it all!), and then giving students the opportunity to further demonstrate their understanding of the theme and big ideas behind the poem by creating an artistic re-interpretation of the poem by creating a comic, a video, or rewriting the poem as a short story. What students create is amazing! Links to models of all three genres are included, as are rubrics for the project.

This is meant to be a culminating project for after an intensive study of poetry, and I've used this as both an end-of-unit project and as a semester final.
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