This Puritan Poetry unit conatins both "Upon the Burning of Our House" by Anne Bradstreet and "Huswifery" by Edward Taylor. In this unit, students will think critically and work collarboratively. They will discuss, share, draw, paraphrase, question, and research. Students will delve into metaphorical imagery and learn what conceit and inversion are in poetry. They will make meaning of both poems, but they will have to dig deeper to understand the complex poem "Huwifery." Students will use the "jigsaw" activity to comprehend the parts of a spinning wheel in order to apply that knowledge and master the theme of the poem. Vocabulary terms are also included for "Upon the Burning of Our House."
A final test is included with 25 questions. It comes in 2 versions if you want different classes to have different tests or to deter cheaters. An editable PowerPoint is in the zip file in case you wish to change any of the questions.
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