Victorian Poetry Unit: Tennyson, Browning, Browning, and Hopkins

Victorian Poetry Unit: Tennyson, Browning, Browning, and Hopkins
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This unit is designed to engage your students through poetic analysis as well as project-based learning. Students will read and analyze five Victorian poems (“The Lady of Shalott" by Tennyson, “Porphyria's Lover” and “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning, “Spring and Fall” by Hopkins, and “How Do I Love Thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning).

Then, students will use their close reading guides to complete three mini-projects based on the poems. They will have structured choice for their project completion within a “Three in a Row” project option board. Your students can complete the activities in digital or print format.

A 5-day pacing plan is included.

**Check out the preview to see the activities!**

*Please note: This unit includes a PowerPoint with editable text boxes for the close reading questions, the options for the project-based assessment, and the rubric. This means you can edit certain parts of the text on these slides; however, due to copyright restrictions for clip art and fonts, the images and format is secure and not editable.

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If your students need practice with poetic analysis skills, check out my Analyzing Poetry Mini-Unit.

I use my song analysis activity as an introduction to this unit. It’s a great way to set the stage for students to appreciate reading and writing poetry.

If you like this unit, I also have a Renaissance Poetry Unit and Romantic Poetry Unit. Check it out here!

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By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
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