This poem graphic organizer is unique, as it fits just about everything I deem important for comprehension on one page including student questions (keys) and an ending interpretation question which can be answered on another sheet or the back. While I could demonstrate and teach poem comprehension with a chalkboard alone, the layout of this GO covers most of what I would need to write, and so it serves well for both modeling, discussion, and group practice. Created to help students troubled with poem analysis and seemed to work very well to help students break down what seemed at first glance complex, even in 11th and 12th grades for students struggling with comprehension: a very helpful GO for moving forward.
Includes (my :-) invented acronym SSS:as a memory device for keys to comprehension. Includes literary terms symbol and tone as part of analysis. Sections for identifying background information, speaker(s), title, plot, and questions about the poem. This worksheet/graphic organizer should suffice for one 45-minute class period depending upon poems chosen as examples, practice, and independent work.
Once students have the strategies for comprehension clear, then the students can begin to move forward with greater complexity and analysis.
Vocabulary Understanding: The SSS acronym can also be used for vocabulary development. Literary terms such as dialogue, narrative, imagery, and connotation can be grouped accordingly on posters by students or the teacher.
Tone, if unknown to students, can be briefly explained in reference to phone conversations, an insincere thank you, or the comments of authority figures, such as: "Don't take that tone of voice with me."