"The Negro Speaks of Rivers" Complete Poetry Analysis Lesson Digital & Printable

"The Negro Speaks of Rivers" Complete Poetry Analysis Lesson Digital & Printable
"The Negro Speaks of Rivers" Complete Poetry Analysis Lesson Digital & Printable
"The Negro Speaks of Rivers" Complete Poetry Analysis Lesson Digital & Printable
"The Negro Speaks of Rivers" Complete Poetry Analysis Lesson Digital & Printable
"The Negro Speaks of Rivers" Complete Poetry Analysis Lesson Digital & Printable
"The Negro Speaks of Rivers" Complete Poetry Analysis Lesson Digital & Printable
"The Negro Speaks of Rivers" Complete Poetry Analysis Lesson Digital & Printable
"The Negro Speaks of Rivers" Complete Poetry Analysis Lesson Digital & Printable
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Prepare your students for a complete literary analysis with “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes.

Students start by completing a guided close read of the poem.

This lesson will then foster partner, small group, and class discussion on the content and analysis of this poem. Students will be provided opportunities to move throughout the lesson to spark engagement and collaborate in new discussions. Opportunities for partner and small group discussions will lead directly into whole class discussion with a fun post-it activity.

Students will analyze:
-The Speaker
-The significance of the rivers
-Symbolism in the poem
-Mood
-Metaphors
-Allusions
-Repetition
-Word choice and comprehension
-Literary Analysis final assessment with writing prompt, graphic organizer, and rubric.
-Complete poetry analysis unit to look at all elements of poetry including rhyme, rhythm, and meter.
-An extension activity for gifted learners/early finishers that asks students to compare this poem to a poem with a similar theme, speaker, and message.
-Lesson plans to teach this unit three ways- direct instruction, student lead, and with Google Drive Applications.
-Google Drive versions for one-to-one classrooms.

Also included:
-Bell Ringer and Agenda slides
-Standards and I can statement slides
-Classroom signs for group collaboration
-Exit ticket for formative assessment

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 Looking for more great resources for your classroom? This unit is a part of my semester 2 bundle  AND my Full Year English Curriculum Bundle . These curriculum bundles will take you from the first day procedures, syllabus, and get-to-know-you activities to the final semester reflection and/or end-of-year writing prompts. Every day and every lesson is planned and created for your 8th or 9th grade students. This curriculum is aligned to CCSS standards; the semester 1 and semester 2 curriculum will cover all of the CCSS standards for both 8th and 9th grade. 

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Teaching Duration
2 days
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