Poetry Analysis with Classic Poems | Google

Poetry Analysis with Classic Poems | Google


Bring classic poetry into your classroom. This poetry analysis unit includes poems, text-dependent analysis questions, and writing prompts perfect for analyzing poetry elements.


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What is included?

1. 10 Classic Poems (Additional ones are added with the last three poems for compare and contrast)

2. 10 Questions Per Poem (Text-dependent analysis- See the different types of questions below)

3. 1 Writing Prompt Per Poem

What formats are used?

1. Teacher PDF with how-tos, the Google link, and answers.

2. Student PDF with poems, questions, and lines for answers.

3. Google Slides Version to type in the answers.

4. PowerPoint to type in the answers.

How can you use this resource?

1. Centers

2. Print off

3. Digital Learning

How can you use the Google Version?

1. Click on the link provided, and it will automatically ask you to create your own copy for Google Classroom.

2. Students then click on the link to create their own copy to fill in.

3. They can send it back to you or print it.

What skills are covered?

1. Prediction

2. Comprehension/Context Clues

3. Title

4. Message/Theme/Lesson/Moral

5. Describe the narrator: Age, personality, interests, character traits etc.

6. Mood and Tone

7. Rhythm

8. Setting

9. Visualizing

10. Connection: Text-to-self, Text-to-text, Text-to-world

11. Compare and Contrast

12. Meter: For meter, if you haven’t introduced the types of meter, you can ask the students to count the iambs or syllables instead. I provided answers for all of them.

13. Make Inferences

14. Author’s Purpose

15. Lesson or moral

16. Type of Poem

17. Repetition

18. Verse

19. Structure

20. Figurative language/Words and Phrases








Poems Included:

1. A Winter Eden by Robert Lee Frost

2. The Bean-Stalk by Edna St. Vincent Millay

3. Casey at Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer

4. The Echoing Green by William Blake

5. The New Colussus by Emma Lazarus

6. Your World by Georgia Douglas Johnson

7. My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson

8. A Bird Came Down the Walk by Emily Dickinson

9. Crow in the Field by Mary Culler

10. The Beak of the Pelican by J. Patrick Lewis

11. Fog by Carl Sandburg

12. The Cloud by Percy Bysshe Shelley

13. The Jumblies by Edward Lear

14. Limerick 1 by Edward Lear

What Common Core Standards are covered?

RL.4.5: Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter)

Examples: Students refer to the structural elements (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) of Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s “Casey at the Bat” when analyzing the poem and contrasting the impact and differences of those elements to a prose summary of the poem.

RL.5.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

RL.5.5: Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

Examples: Students determine the meaning of the metaphor of a cat in Carl Sandburg’s poem “Fog” and contrast that figurative language to the meaning of the simile in William Blake’s “The Echoing Green.”

RL.6.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone

RL.6.5: Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.

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