April marks the start of Poetry Month and we’d love to help you celebrate with your students.
I am especially excited about the role poetry can play in close reading instruction, which was the subject of my book 360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing (NCTE 2011.)
We wanted to focus on the unique elements of poetry as an art form. As Robert Pisky put it, “the medium of poetry is the human body.” We hope you use this month’s first set of CERCA Slides to engage your students in approaching understanding poetry and experiencing “expert joy” through the use of their own voices. We encourage you to use read-aloud as a strategy for comprehension and student engagement before the heavy duty literary analysis begins. In addition to helping students rehearse the skills of analysis, we also hope you’ll take advantage of the creative opportunities offered in the student guides, including looking forward to next year’s Poetry Out Loud contest led by our partners at the Poetry Foundation!
|Grades 3: Analysis of Baseball By May Swenson ✍How does Swenson use techniques such as repetition, rhythm, and rhyme to show the joy of playing baseball? (CCSS.RL.3.4, CCSS.W.3.2) CERCA Slides | Student Guide||Grade 4: It Couldn't Be Done By Edgar Albert Guest ✍ How does Edgar Albert Guest use sound and repetition to show the power of the setting your mind to something? (CCSS.RL.4.2, CCSS.W.4.2) CERCA Slides | Student Guide|
|Grade 5: Jabberwocky By Lewis Carroll ✍ How does "Jabberwocky" show readers how sound can create meaning and imagery, even when the words don't make sense?( CCSS.RL.5.4, CCSS.W.5.2) CERCA Slides | Student Guide||Grade 6: Annabel Lee By Edgar Allan Poe ✍How does the poet use sound to convey the beauty of his lost love? (CCSS.RL.6.4, CCSS.W.6.2) CERCA Slides | Student Guide|
|Grade 7: We Wear the Mask By Paul Laurence Dunbar ✍ How does the poet use sounds to convey the conflict the speaker explores in the poem? (CCSS.RL.7.4, CCSS.W.7.2) CERCA Slides | Student Guide||Grade 8: Invictus and Much Madness is divinest Sense By William Ernest Henley ✍Compare and contrast the way the two poets use rhyme, alliteration, and assonance to convey the theme of personal strength. (CCSS.RI.7.9, CCSS.W.8.2) CERCA Slides | Student Guide|
|Grade 9: To Althea From Prison By Richard Lovelace ✍ How does the poet use elements of sound to communicate the difficulty of imprisonment and the power of the human spirit in “To Althea From Prison? (CCSS.RL.9-10.4, CCSS.W.9-10.3) CERCA Slides | Student Guide
||Grade 10: Revenge By Letitia Elizabeth Landon ✍ How does Landon use sound to convey her emotions toward her former love?(CCSS.RL.9-10.4, CCSS.W.9-10.2) CERCA Slides | Student Guide|
|Grade 11: They Flee From Me By Sir Thomas Wyatt ✍How does the poet convey the drama of his romance using elements of sound? (CCSS.RL.11-12.4, CCSS.W.11-12.2) CERCA Slides | Student Guide||Grade 12: Let Evening Come By Jane Kenyon ✍ How does the poet use the sound of poetry to convey her emotions about death? (CCSS.RL.11-12.4, CCSS.W.11-12.2) CERCA Slides | Student Guide|