Approaches to Poetry: Pre-Reading Strategies

Grades 6-12 / ELA / Tone & Theme
CCSS: ELA.RL.8.4

Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

RL

Reading Standards for Literature 6–12

8

8th Grade

4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

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Lesson Objective
Students analyze words of a poem before seeing the big picture
Length
6 min
Questions to Consider
See how isolating key words prior to reading the poem help students explore themes and make predictions
How do the "spotting patterns" and "jumbled lines" tasks engage students in deep analysis?
How does this approach make a complex poem easier to grasp?
Common Core Standards
ELA.RL.8.4

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