"The Highwayman" Unit - Poetry Analysis (Common Core Aligned)

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This extremely detailed five-day unit is a close reading of "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes. It is designed to help students analyze what the poem says explicitly as well as draw inferences from the text. Students will determine the poem’s theme and analyze the theme development over the course of the text. In addition, students will investigate figurative and connotative meanings, and analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds. Working through this poem as a whole group, small group, and independently, students will be able to develop a deep understanding of this complex text.

Each lesson allows students to become actively engaged in learning.

Topics of Study:
- Poem Analysis
- Words in Context
- Plot Sequence
- Word Choice
- Mood Analysis
- Figurative Language
- Inserting Quotes

Unit Content:
- Daily Lesson Plans – including text dependent questions
- Poem – “The Highwayman”
- Student Packet with all in-class activities
- Plot Event Analysis Worksheets
- Word Choice Activity Handouts
- Words in Context Handouts
- Mood Analysis Activity
- Figurative Language Centers
- 4 Independent Assignments
- Final Assessment Extended Response – with pre-write graphic organizer
- Answer Keys

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.


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