Focus standards: RL1, RC 3, LSV 1-4

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 fills a 'hole' left by other types of literature because it has freedom to do things other literature can't; it is more about exploration than explanation
  • how to respond in a way that is personal but provides support for ideas
  • how to use appropriate volume, clarity, and eye contact to give an effective presentation
  • how to use voice and body language to illustrate and augment the meaning from a work

Essential Questions
1) Why and how does an author create a particular work? Why would someone choose to create a poem?
2) What kind of response does this work create, and why? How does the poet accomplish that? Why do people like this poem?
3) How are the words, phrases, and formatting used differently than in prose? Why did the poet choose this format?
4) How do the same words allow for different interpretations? How does different direction create different meaning from the same text?

1) Quizzes on techniques, using examples from new poems
2) Performances of book talks, monologues (Good Masters, Sweet Ladies; must perform for me TWICE before performing for the class; sonnets as backups)
3) Create script of scene from SSR book; perform?
4) Literature Guide (types of poems with examples & responses; list of literary techniques with examples and explanations)

Learning Plan
1) Read a poem every other day – Alternating with book talks, and discussing what we notice; introduce TPCASTT (with thanks to Lisa)
2) 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.
3) Read poems that connect with other units – Respond in discussion & personal writing; explain connections to other texts
4) Watch performances of poetry; monologues and famous scenes from movies
5) Daily mini-lessons reviewing literary techniques
6) Choral performance (boys vs. girls) of "The Southpaw"