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This is a fun poetry analysis and imitation activity for high school students that features William Carlos Williams' "The Red Wheelbarrow." Students aim to create their own William Carlos Williams' poem on a giant poster. The lesson includes a brief opening discussion, a lecture on style elements (PowerPoint included), and time for observation and analysis. Students then try to create their own William Carlos Williams'-style poem. It's not as easy as it looks and your students will be thoroughly humbled! This is a good activity for students and teachers who feel uncomfortable with poetry analysis; it's a good stepping stone.
This product includes:
• A step-by-step lesson plan
• A Powerpoint that defines and provides examples for the following
terms: alliteration, imagery, stanza, syllable, enjambment, white
• A note-taking handout for students
• Answer key for the analysis section
• Basic rubric
Materials Needed for Lesson:
• A copy of William Carlos Williams’ “The Red Wheelbarrow”
• Art supplies such as markers, crayons, finger paint, etc.
• Butcher paper or large paper
• Students will be able to identify examples of the following terms:
alliteration, imagery, stanza, syllable, enjambment, white space
• Students will demonstrate their understanding of each term by
creating their own example of each in a poem that imitates
William Carlos Williams “The Red Wheelbarrow.”