Practice with Poetry— Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Arabic Coffee”

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Naomi Shihab Nye wrote the poem, “Arabic Coffee” on the pleasure of drinking Arabic coffee and its effect on conversation, family, and culture.

Students will read and annotate the poem and analyze the literary strategies used to convey the poet’s message. These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, or AP English Language or Literature class.

Students will view supporting video clips, such as a TED TALK on coffee. The students will read and listen to an NPR story on a café in the West Bank and view a profile on David Robinson, baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson’s son, and his fair trade coffee farm in Tanzania. Also, because the poem alludes to 9/11, there is an NBC video and print text profile on Muslim Americans and 9/11.

There is also an opportunity to write a SIFT analysis to address symbols, images, figures of speech, and tone/theme, as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. Included is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence, as well as an original AP style poetry analysis prompt.

These three lessons prepare students for AP English Literature exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT 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 fishbowl discussion with the rubric. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.

Tags: Socratic Seminar, writing, poetry explication, Pre-AP, critical thinking, American Literature, World Literature

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3 Days

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Practice with Poetry— Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Arabic Coffee”
Practice with Poetry— Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Arabic Coffee”
Practice with Poetry— Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Arabic Coffee”
Practice with Poetry— Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Arabic Coffee”
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