Using Mary Oliver’s poem, "The Black Walnut Tree”, students will review important poetic devices, close read and annotate poems, view supporting video clips, 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 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, critical thinking, Mary Oliver, annotations, literary devices, Black Walnut Trees