Practice with Poetry— Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess”

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Students will read and annotate Robert Browning’s “The Last Duchess” 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 the objectification of women. The students will read and listen to an NPR story on “trophy wives” and other videos on sexism in the 19th and 21st Century. Also, the students will try their hand at narrative writing as they will write a letter from the Last Duchess to the next duchess. Also, included in the resource, there is a link to AP/SAT styled multiple choice questions on the poem.

There is also an opportunity to write a SIFT analysis, 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, with links to student samples.

These four 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, British Literature

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4 Days

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Practice with Poetry— Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess”
Practice with Poetry— Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess”
Practice with Poetry— Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess”
Practice with Poetry— Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess”
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