Guide your students to a deeper level of understanding of the poem,
Puerto Ricans in New York by Charles Reznikoff. A copy of the poem may be read in Google Books at http://books.google.com/books?id=FPJNAkDg7eAC&printsec=frontcover#PPA243,M1.
The poem deals with the themes of racism and prejudice.
This Common Core aligned activity leads students through a pre-reading abstract vocabulary study, during reading imagery activity, and a post-reading analysis.
The students will be able to:
- Analyze and define abstract vocabulary
- Visualize poetic imagery
- Interpret the intent of a poem
- Identify symbolism in a poem
- Utilize skills and vocabulary that are common in high-stakes exams
The design of the activity includes scaffolding and graphic organizers.
This resource is also available in PDF format.
You may also like the lesson, "Little Things are Big" by Jesus Colon - Literary Analysis, also dealing with the themes of prejudice.
Common Core Anchor Standards:
2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
4. Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
10. Read and comprehend complex literary and information texts independently and proficiently.
"Puerto Ricans in New York" by Charles Reznikoff - Poetry Literary Analysis Lesson
by Scott N. Forrest
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Short Stories, Poetry, literature, SDAIE, test prep, reading comprehension, guided reading, EFL / ELD / ESL, thematic, English learners, scaffold