Using Marilyn Nelson Waniek’s “The Century Quilt”, students will review important poetic devices; close read and annotate poems, evaluate the writing prompt, formulate the thesis for a poetry analysis essay and examine scored student sample essays with commentary. A link to an appropriate rubric is included to assist with scoring the essays generated from the activity. This lesson prepares students for AP Literature exams, Common Core extended response assessments, the SAT essay and critical thinking activities.
In this resource there is a link to Alice Walker’s story, “Every Day Use” as well as a link to a 25-minute film adaption to the story, as well as discussion questions for the story. The central event of the story involves a quilt. There are also video clips and NPR links to quilt artist Faith Ringgold. The packet includes a complete lesson, common core standards, essential and key questions, links to video clips and resources, a teacher’s guide for graphic organizers for the poem.
Key words: poetry explication, American Literature, Alice Walker, Every Day Use, writing, poetry, AP Literature, critical thinking, Mary Oliver, Marilyn Nelson Waniek, annotations, literary devices, Quilts, Faith Ringgold