The Colonel Poem Lesson

The Colonel Poem Lesson
The Colonel Poem Lesson
The Colonel Poem Lesson
The Colonel Poem Lesson
The Colonel Poem Lesson
The Colonel Poem Lesson
The Colonel Poem Lesson
The Colonel Poem Lesson
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  1. This short unit meets the required skills and activities as described in the new AP Lit CED. Students will work individually and alone to analyze four advanced poems, both in discussion and in writing. The unit culminates with a timed writing, for which I’ve given suggestions for scaffolding and dif
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  2. This bundle contains multiple slideshows for studying poetry with AP Lit or advanced literature students. Every individual poem resource contains a student handout and a slideshow guiding students through analysis using critical thinking and small and large group discussions. Each lesson is designe
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  4. This bundle combines ALL of my poetry resources from my AP Lit full course, plus any additional poetry assessments and lessons that I add in the future. This resource contains: Intro to Poetry Full Unit - This bundle contains my two week poetry unit which introduces students to poetry analysis throu
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  • Product Description
  • Standards

This lesson, align to meet standards from the AP Lit CED's suggested Poetry Unit II, guides students through an analysis of Carolyn Forche's poem, "The Colonel."* It targets the following AP Lit Essential Skills (from the 2019 course update):

  • STR 3.C - Explain the function of structure in a text.
  • FIG 5.A - Distinguish between the literal and figurative meanings of words and phrases.
  • FIG 5.B - Explain the function of specific words and phrases in a text.
  • FIG 5.D - Identify and explain the function of an image or imagery.

It is designed to introduce advanced analysis by asking critical thinking questions to students as they explore the stanza by stanza, followed by detailed examples of annotations and poem analysis. This also comes with a student handout version of the poem with space for notes and annotation. The lesson culminates with a writing activity, where students can answer an AP-level prompt and demonstrate a line of reasoning. This can be expanded into a full essay or simply be brainstorming practice. This lesson is designed to take 30-45 minutes but expansion opportunities are included. Each file is available in both PDF and Microsoft Office form and is fully editable.

*Please note, this poem contains one use of explicit language. The slideshow addresses the purpose behind this use, and the literary merit present in the poem despite strong language.

This resource is included in my AP Lit Full Course Bundle!

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Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
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.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Total Pages
23 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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