Looking for a cooperative activity for poetry? This product should provide everything you need.
“The Listeners” is a narrative poem written by Walter de la Mare. It tells of a man back in the 18th or 19th century riding his horse and he comes to a house at night to deliver a message. He knocks several different times, but no one answers. The Traveler feels the presence of others (phantoms) there. As he leaves, he says, ‘Tell them I came but no one answered. That I kept my word.” The poem is eerie and rather raises the hair on the back of your neck.
(“The Listeners” is also found in my product 8 Poetry Skills Worksheets for Middle School.
I wanted to offer an extension by creating Task Cards for this poem. Each product is independent, though, of the other.
In this product I have 8 Task Cards with 3, 4, or 5 questions on each. The questions cover several of the Common Core standards. I’ve listed them at the bottom.
Students will find figurative language, the form of the poem, rewriting it as prose, literary devices, sound devices, vocabulary, comparing two poems (other poem supplied), elements of fiction, and two cards are questions about the “story” of the narrative poem. The Task Cards are great for cooperative groups or whole class work.
I’ve also included a two-page analysis answer sheet where the students write their answers to each of the Task Cards. The poem is displayed on both sides of the answer sheet. I’ve also included the answers for the teacher.
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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1, 7.1, 8,1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4, 7.4, 8.4