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This is my full poetry unit that I teach in my AP English Literature and Composition class. While attempting to accomplish the analytical skill building necessary for AP Lit, I also nestle this unit in my "Literature and Philosophy" quarter, allowing philosophical content to drive the thematic focus of many lessons and my chosen poems (primarily classic British and American poets, from the AP Lit suggested authors list). Along with teaching important poetry terms and practicing analysis every day, I also structure this unit according to the wonderful "TPCASTT" poetry analysis tool. I give them a chance to practice each of the individual strategies of the process individually, building up to them using the full TPCASTT process in the end.
In this document, you'll find my plans mapped out day-by-day, which include my scope and sequence for teaching over 40 terms and different poetry skills, as well as numerous adaptable lesson activities. I also include links every day to "modern-day connections" (i.e., songs and movie clips), which I love to incorporate into my lessons. I end my unit with a major research literary analysis paper on a student-chosen poem, which is a great summative assessment to the unit. In my appendices, you will find over 30 pages of printable handouts and posters that correspond to many lesson ideas, which include a final quiz on the terms and handouts/rubric for my final paper. And while this unit was conceived for an AP class, I think any teacher hoping to do a broad, skills-based focus on a variety of classic poetry will find this helpful.
AND as a bonus, I'm also throwing in most of my printables for my unit on Hamlet, which I also teach in my philosophy-focused quarter. These include all of my reading guides (structured by plot comprehension, plot analysis, paraphrasing text, and literary device analysis), analysis activities on all the major soliloquies, and some writing prompts.
Also, feel free to check out my other AP Literature unit plans: