This mini-lesson couples a simply wonderful contemporary poem with reflective analysis, formal language/grammar practice, and a creative writing piece all in one cheap little package. This activity thus combines instruction/overview of two major figures of speech/literary elements (oxymorons and paradoxes) with an engaging reading and grammar lesson, tailored to CCSS for reading, language, and writing!
This is a fun method to help our future college students not only read and analyze higher-level contemporary poetry, but also prepare for standardized testing by applying strong reading strategies, writing, and distinguishing between formal and informal language and standardized grammar/conventions. Enjoy, and thanks for visiting my TpT store! I look forward to your feedback.