Poetry and Identity: Exploring Ourselves Through Poetry

Oh for the Love of Literacy
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9th - 10th
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This is a unit for high school English students, exploring the intersection of personal identity and social narratives in poetry. Students will read a range of poetry from a diverse group of American poets, examining the ways in which the author's lived experiences, shape their diction, themes, and tone. 

Students will write poetry of their own, reflective of their lived experiences and share it with one another through a mini writer's workshop. The unit will also include a socratic seminar to engage with one another in their explorations of the poetry and a written final reflection to demonstrate their learning, growth, and plan of action for moving forward.

All resources are digital, but all can be printed and/or adapted for in-person learning.

Please see the free resource "Lesson 1-An Introduction to the Lives and Words of Poets" to get a feel for the unit.

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2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.


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