Practical Poetry: Teaching the Common Core Text Exemplars for Poetry

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Poetry, Poetry Unit

This Poetry Guide Practical Poetry: A Guide to Teaching the Common Core Text Exemplars for Poetry in Grades 6-8 focuses specifically on teaching the Common Core standards in English Language Arts through the Common Core Text Exemplars for Poetry in Grades 6-8. Includes author biographies, historical context articles, notes on the poems, vocabulary and unique terminology for the poems, Standards Focus/Literary Analysis activities, Assessment Preparation activities, "You Try" activities, quizzes on each of the poems, two final tests, and complete answer key.

Poems covered include:
"I, Too, Sing America" by Langston Hughes Activity Pack
Unit includes
•Historical Context and Biography on author Langston Hughes accompanied by Comprehension Check questions about the article (RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RL.6.5; RI.7.1, RI.7.2, RL.7.1; RI.8.1, RI.8.2, RL.8.3)
•Notes and relevant poetry analysis terms related to the poem with questions on analysis of the poem itself (RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.6; RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.6; RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3, RL.8.6)
•Standards Focus Activity on Analysis of Poetry, which guides students through the diction, symbolism, and theme of the poem (RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.6; RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.6; RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3, RL.8.6)
•Standards Focus Activity on Literary Comparisons, which compares the poem with Walt Whitman's "I Hear America Singing," (RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.4, RL.6.6, RL.6.9; RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.4, RL.7.6, RL.7.9; RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.4, RL.8.6, RL.8.9)
•Language Focus Activity with a focus on Verbs and Verb Tense with the poem at the core of the activity, (L.6.1; L.7.1; L.8.1, L.8.1.A, L.8.1.B, L.8.1.C, L.8.1.D)
An activity leading students through writing their own "Today/Tomorrow" poem, and a 10-question quiz on the poem and poetry terms used. 22 pages; answer key included. Copy of the poem itself is not included.

"Paul Revere's Ride" by Longfellow Activity Pack
Complete unit for teaching Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Paul Revere's Ride" includes Historical Context and Biography on author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow accompanied by Comprehension Check questions about the article (RI.6.1; RI.7,1; RI.8.1); vocabulary, unique terms, and relevant poetry analysis terms related to the poem (RL.6.4; RL.7,4; RL.8.4); Comprehension Check questions on the poem itself (various standards addressed); Standards Focus Activity on Paraphrasing and Inference (Rl.6.2;RL.7.2; Rl.8.2); an Assessment Preparation Activity: Incorporating Quotations into Writing (W.6.7, W.6.8, W.6.9; W.7.7, W.7.8, W.7.9; W.8.7, W.8.8, W.8.9), with the poem at the core of the activity, a "You Try" activity leading students through writing an original parody (W.6.4; W.7.4; W.8.4), and a 20-question quiz on the poem and poetic elements. 25 pages; answer key included. Copy of the poem itself is not included.

Walt Whitman's "O Captain! My Captain!" Activity Pack
Complete unit for teaching Walt Whitman's "O Captain! My Captain!" includes Historical Context and Biography on author Walt Whitman accompanied by Comprehension Check questions about the article (RI.6.1; RI.7,1; RI.8.1); vocabulary, unique terms, and relevant poetry analysis terms related to the poem (RL.6.4; RL.7,4; RL.8.4); Comprehension Check questions on the poem itself (various standards addressed); Standards Focus Activity on Tone and Diction (various standards addressed); an Assessment Preparation Activity: The Power of Punctuation, with the poem at the core of the activity (L.6.2; L.7.2; L.8.2), an activity leading students through a creative writing project In the Style of Walt Whitman (W.6.4; W.7.4; W.8.4), and 15-question quiz on the poem and poetic terms. 21 pages; answer key included. Copy of the poem itself is not included.

Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky" Activity Pack
Unit includes Historical Context/Author Biography on Lewis Carroll and corresponding Comprehension Check questions (RI.6.1; RI.7,1; RI.8.1), notes and "vocabulary" from the poem (RL.6.4; RL.7,4; RL.8.4), Comprehension Check questions about the poem itself (various standards addressed), Standards Focus activity on Meter and Rhyme (RL.6.4, RL.6.5; RL.7.4, RL.7.5; RL.8.4, RL.8.5), Assessment Preparation activity on Parts of Speech (L.6.5; L.7.5; L.8.5), an activity on writing a Nonsense Poem (W.6.4; W.7.4; W.8.4), and a 10-question quiz on the poem. Includes answer key. Copy of the poem itself is not included.


"Twelfth Song of the Thunder," Navajo Traditional Activity Pack
Unit includes Historical Context accompanied by Comprehension Check questions about the article (RI.6.1; RI.7,1; RI.8.1), questions on analysis of the poem itself (various standards addressed), Standards Focus Activity on Imagery and Repetition (RL.6.4, RL.6.7, RL.6.9; RL.7.4; Rl.8.4), an Assessment Preparation Activity on Connotation, Essential and Non-Essential Elements (L.6.5.C; L.7.5.C; L.8.5.C), an activity leading students through writing their own "Land" poem (W.6.4; W.7.4; W.8.4), and a 10-question quiz on the poem and relevant poetic terms. 17 pages; answer key included. Copy of the poem itself is not included.

"The Railway Train" by Emily Dickinson Activity Pack
Activity pack includes Historical Context and Biography on author Emily Dickinson accompanied by Comprehension Check questions about the article (RI.6.1; RI.7,1; RI.8.1); vocabulary, unique terms, and relevant poetry analysis terms related to the poem (RL.6.4; RL.7,4; RL.8.4); Comprehension Check questions on the poem itself (various standards addressed); Standards Focus Activity on Personification and Point of View (RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.6.6; RL.7.4, RL.7.6; RL.8.4); an Assessment Preparation activity on Writing from Different Points of View (RL.6.5,W.6.4; RL.7.6, W.7.4; W.8.4), an activity leading students through a creative "Personification" poem (W.6.4; W.7.4; W.8.4), and a 20-question quiz on the poem and vocabulary from the poem. 19 pages; answer key included. Copy of the poem itself is not included.

"The Song of Wandering Aengus" by W.B. Yeats Activity Pack
Activity pack includes Historical Context and Biography on author William Butler Yeats accompanied by Comprehension Check questions about the article (RI.6.1; RI.7,1; RI.8.1); vocabulary, unique terms, and relevant poetry analysis terms related to the poem (RL.6.4; RL.7,4; RL.8.4); Comprehension Check questions on the poem itself (various standards addressed); Standards Focus Activity on Alliteration and Symbolism (RL.6.4; RL.7,4; RL.8.4); an Assessment Preparation activity on Showing Not Telling (W.6.6.3.B, W.6.3.C, W.6.3.D, W.6.4; W.7.6.3.B, W.7.3.C, W.7.3.D, W.7.4; W.8.6.3.B, W.8.3.C, W.8.3.D, W.8.4) an activity leading students through their own "Longing" poem (W.6.4; W.7.4; W.8.4), and a 10-question multiple choice quiz on the poem. Answer key included. Copy of the poem itself is not included.

"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost Activity Pack Activity pack includes:
•Historical Context and Biography on author Robert Frost accompanied by Comprehension Check questions about the article (RI.6.1; RI.7,1; RI.8.1)
•Comprehension Check questions on the poem itself (various standards addressed)
•Standards-Focused Activities on Setting and Extended Metaphor and Writing with Purpose--Extended Metaphor, with an activity guiding students through writing their own extended metaphor (Rl.6.4, Rl.6.5, W.6.4; RI.7.5, W.7.4; RI.8.5, W.8.4)
•an activity leading students through their own poem about choices (W.6.4; W.7.4; W.8.4)
•10-question quiz on the poem.
•Answer key included. Copy of the poem itself is not included.

"Chicago" by Carl Sandburg Activity Pack
Activity pack includes Historical Context and Biography on author Carl Sandburg accompanied by Comprehension Check questions about the article (RI.6.1; RI.7,1; RI.8.1); Notes and a Vocabulary List with Definitions (RL.6.4; RL.7,4; RL.8.4), Comprehension Check questions on the poem itself (various standards addressed); Standards Focus Activity on Hyberbole, Figures of Speech, and Turns (RL.6.4, L.6.5; RL.7.4, L.7.5; RL.8.4, L.8.5) ; an Assessment Preparation activity on Nouns, Prepositions, and Sentence Combining (L.6.1, W.6.6.5; L.7.1, W.7.5; L.8.1, W.8.5) an activity leading students through their own original poem about a special place (W.6.4; W.7.4; W.8.4), and a 25 question quiz on the poem. Answer key included. Copy of the poem itself is not included.

"The Book of Questions" by Pablo Neruda Activity Pack
Complete unit for teaching Poems XXXIII and XLIX of "The Book of Questions" by Pablo Neruda includes Historical Context and Biography on author Pablo Neruda accompanied by Comprehension Check questions about the article (RI.6.1; RI.7.1, RI.8.1); Notes and a Vocabulary List with Definitions (RI.6.4, L.6.4; RI.7.4, L.7.4; RI.8.4, L.8.4) Comprehension Check questions on the poems (varied standards addressed); Standards Focus Activity on Purpose in Poetry (RL.6.6; RL.7.5, RL.7.5, RL.8.6); an Assessment Preparation activity on Answering Short Response and Essay Questions, an activity leading students through their own original questions in the style of Neruda (W.6.4; W.7.4; W.8.4), and a 10-question True/False and Short Response Quiz. Answer key included.

"Oranges" by Gary Soto Activity Pack
Complete unit for teaching "Oranges" by Gary Soto includes Historical Context and Biography on author Gary Soto accompanied by Comprehension Check questions about the article (RI.6.1; RI.7,1; RI.8.1); Notes and Comprehension Check questions on the poem (various standards addressed); Standards Focus Activity on Details, Inference, and Symbolism (RL.6.1, W.6.3.D, RL.6.4; RL.7.1, RL.7.4, W.7.3.D; RL.8.1, RL.8.4, W.8.3.D); an Assessment Preparation activity on Writing with Attention to Details (W.6.2.B, W.6.3.C, W.6.3.D; W.7.2,B, W.7.3.C, W.7.3.D; W.8.2.B, W.8.3.C, W.8.3), an activity leading students through their own "First" poem (W.6.4; W.7.4; W.8.4), and a 5-question short response quiz. 19 pages; Answer key included. Copy of the poem itself is not included.

"A Poem for My Librarian, Mrs. Long," Nikki Giovanni Activity Pack
Activity pack includes:
• Historical Context and Biography on author Nikki Giovanni accompanied by Comprehension Check questions about the article (RI.6.1, RI.7.1, RI.8.1)
• Notes, Allusions and Terms, Vocabulary List (RL.6.4, RL.7.4, RL.8.4)
• Comprehension Check questions on the poem (RL.6.1, RL.6.5; RL.7.1, RL.7.5; RL.8.1, RL.8.5)
• Activity on Parenthesis, Writing Voice, and Allusions (RL.6.1, W.6.4, RL.6.4; RL.7.1, W.7.4, RL.7.4, L.7.5.A; RL.8.1, RL.8.4, W.8.4)
• Activity on Punctuation that Interrupts: Dashes, Commas, and Parentheses (L.6.2.A; L.8.2.A)
• Activity leading students through their own "Memoir" poem (W.6.4; W.7.4; W.8.4)
• 10-question matching and multiple choice quiz on the poem
A total of 272 pages with answer key. Copy of the poem itself is not included.

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Please Note: Common Core State Standards have not been individually notated within this Guide. Activities and lessons for this Guide are aligned with the CCSS, however, Comprehension Check Questions, quizzes, and tests may not expansively address the full rigor of the Common Core.
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Practical Poetry: Teaching the Common Core Text Exemplars
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Practical Poetry: Teaching the Common Core Text Exemplars