The 1980 English Literature and Composition poetry prompt was an analysis from Elizabeth Bishop’s poem, “One Art.” This classic poem is about the losses that we as human beings must endure. The resource helps students understand the poem and complete a writing assessment in which students analyze the poem.
Students will view supporting video and audio clips on understanding the concept of loss. There is a link to a Ted Talk on a film director who lost all his film prints, books, and personal mementos in a fire. There is a This I Believe on loss. There are NPR stories on Elizabeth Bishop and film clips from “Reaching for the Moon,” a biopic on Elizabeth Bishop.
The lessons feature a link to the 1980 AP Literature prompt on poetry and a Prezi that is useful is creating a thesis sentence for the essay. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a SIFT analysis and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, World Literature or AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
Additions Summer 2017: Added many resources videos, TED Talk, This I Believe, Prezi helping with thesis, another day of lessons