Using Mary Oliver’s poem, "Wild Geese”, students will review important poetic devices, close read and annotate poems, view supporting video clips, and evaluate the writing prompt. An assessment essay from either having access to the 3rd Edition of Cliff’s AP English Language and Composition book or by going to a link of the book is used which also has a rubric and student essay samples. This lesson prepares students for AP Literature and Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, the SAT essay and critical thinking activities.
In this resource there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. The Socratic seminar acts as a poetry explication. The packet includes a complete lesson, common core standards, essential and key questions, links to video clips and resources, a teacher’s guide for annotating the poems and scored student samples with commentary.
Key words: poetry explication, American Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, poetry, AP Literature, AP Language, metaphors, critical thinking, Mary Oliver, annotations, literary devices, Wild Geese