In a resource where students practice analyzing an author’s choices regarding figurative language and other poetic techniques. Marge Piercy wrote “To Be of Use.” Students study multimedia that teaches the context, figurative language and other poetic techniques for the poem. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SIFT Analysis, multiple choice questions, Socratic Discussion as poetry explication and written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.
A TED TALK, “What makes us feel good about our work?” by Dan Ariely is used in this resource. Links to different NPR, New York Times articles and videos showing the theme and value of work explored in the poem.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.
There are sources for teaching the Socratic Seminar, as the lessons act as explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.