Those Winter Sundays Poetry Analysis and Writing

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Analyze a Poem: Robert Hayden's Those Winter Sundays

This resource is a complete set of student materials for analyzing Robert Hayden’s poem “Those Winter Sundays.” The materials guide students through 3 readings of the poem, each requiring more complex poetry analysis, culminating in a final writing assignment about family relationships in the poem and the poem’s tone. Included in this poetry analysis resource for “The Winter Sundays” are all student materials, a detailed answer key and rubrics for the writing assignments. I designed this resource to be completed in a 90-minute class period. It is suitable for grades 7-9.

In this lesson on “Those Winter Sundays,” students complete the following:
1. Do Now: Students review basic poetry structures.
2. First Read: Students read to get the gist of the poem, and develop a basic understanding of what happens in each stanza.
3. Second Read: Students analyze the characters of the father and the child and determine, based on evidence in the poem, appropriate adjectives to describe each one.
4. Third Read: Students analyze key lines in the poem, as well as word choice.
5. Final Analysis: Students write two paragraphs. One covers the family relationship in the poem; the other analyzes its tone.

This resource directly addresses the following Common Core Standards: R1 (cite evidence to support analysis of what the text says and draw inferences), R2 (analyze theme), R4 (determine the meaning of unknown words in the text, analyze tone).

This download contains PDF’s of the following:
1. Teacher Directions (1 page)
2. Student Materials (5 pages)
3. Complete Answer Key (5 pages)

Due to terms of use in the clip art and fonts, this resource is not editable. Due to copyright restrictions, this resource DOES NOT include the text of the poem.

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Those Winter Sundays Poetry Analysis and Writing
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Those Winter Sundays Poetry Analysis and Writing
Those Winter Sundays Poetry Analysis and Writing
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