Focus standards:
Other included standards:

I want students to understand
  • techniques used to create patterns in sound and meaning - what they are, how to spot them, how to use them
  • poetry is needed to fill a 'hole' left by other types of literature because it can do things other literature can't
  • poetry is more about exploration than explanation
  • how to respond in a way that is personal but provides support for ideas

Essential Questions

1) Why do people like this poem?
Why and how does an author create a particular work?
What kind of response does this create, and why? How does the poet accomplish that?
How are the words, phrases, and formatting used differently than in prose? Why did the poet choose this format?
5) Which words are the 'base' that others connect to? What are the different meanings of those words? How do the meanings affect interpretation?


1) Quizzes on techniques, using examples from new poems
Written responses using new poems
Included in Literature Guide (end of term assessment)

Learning Plan

1) Read a poem every other day – Alternating with book talks, and discussing what we notice; introduce TPCASTT (with thanks to Lisa)
Write – For homework or freewrite time in class (not sure which yet), students will look through the text, choose a poem, and write a personal response to it, as well as noting techniques, how they were used, and why the poet chose them.
Read poems that connect with other units – Respond in discussion & personal writing; explain connections to other texts