Using Robert Frost’s, “Birches” students will review important poetic devices, close read and annotate the poem, view supporting video clips, listen to an NPR story, view the Yale Open Course lecture on the poem, view a TED Talk on climbing trees, evaluate the writing prompt, and examine scored student sample essays with commentary from an experienced AP College Board scorer. This lesson prepares students for AP Literature exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, 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.
Tags: poetry explication, American Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, poetry, AP Literature, AP Language, figurative language, meter, critical thinking, Robert Frost, annotations, literary devices, Birches, TED Talk