Author:
REBECCA GWYNNE
Subject:
English Language Arts, Reading Literature, Guidance, American History
Material Type:
Curriculum, Formative Assessment, Lesson, Lesson Plan, Reading
Level:
Middle School
Tags:
Analyze poetry, Close reading, Figurative language, Great Depression, Paraphrasing, Poetry, Tone, Word choice, analyze-poetry, close-reading, figurative-language, great-depression, mood, paraphrasing, poetry, tone, word-choice
License:
Creative Commons Attribution
Language:
English

Education Standards

Analyzing A Poem’s Style

Analyzing A Poem’s Style

Overview

Students will complete a close reading of Ted Kooser’s poem, Abandoned Farmhouse.  Students will use their knowledge about the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl to determine the setting and characters in the poem. After analyzing the author’s style, use of figurative language, and structure of the poem, students will write an ORIGINAL POEM in the spirit of Abandoned Farmhouse by using the same syntax.  Using the original poem and a template as a guide, students will compose a poem that reveals who they are through the voice of important objects in their homes.

StudySync Lesson : Close Read a Poem & Compose an Original

 

SubjectELAGrade Level8Unit1
Content Standard(s) Lesson Objective(s)
RL 8.1 Cite textual evidence that most strongly supports the analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.RL.8.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts W.8.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequencesI can… analyze the poet’s style and use of figurative language in a poem.
I can… compose an original poem that follows the style of the original.  
I can… use figurative language, literary elements, word choice, descriptive language to craft a poem.
Materials Technology Accessories

“Abandoned Farmhouse” poem by Ted Kooser

Analyzing a Poem Group Activities

“The Great Depression & the Dust Bowl" Article

The Dust Bowl; a Ken Burns Film, PBS

Crafting a Poem Workshop

Google Slides

Google Docs

HistoryChannel.com

PBS.org

 

Lesson Narrative
Summary:  Students will complete a close reading of Ted Kooser’s poem, Abandoned Farmhouse.  Students will use their knowledge about the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl to determine the setting and characters in the poem. After analyzing the author’s style, use of figurative language, and structure of the poem, students will write an ORIGINAL POEM in the spirit of Abandoned Farmhouse by using the same syntax.  Using a template as a guide, students will compose a poem that reveals who they are through the voice of important objects in their homes.
Warm Up: Make a list of objects, items, things, people, etc in your home that might reveal something about you, your family, and your character traits. Look around (in your mind)  your room, house, yard, etc. for inspiration. What items are in your bedroom, on bookshelves, in book bags, in your backyard or driveway?
Activity 1: Brainstorm what each object on your list reveals about you as a person— your character traits, personality, style, habits, strengths, weaknesses, etc.  Add the character trait or description out to the side of each item.  Start plugging items and descriptions into the poem template to begin drafting your original poem. Tip: You can brainstorm the character traits you want to add FIRST and then find objects that show or illustrate each trait.

Activity 2: In groups, students will work through a series of activities (Analyzing a Poem Group Activities) that provide a guide for close reading and analyzing elements of fiction. Prepare to share your group’s section with classmates in a Jig-saw activity. Activities and sections include : Word Choice & Tone, Use of Personification, Analyzing Details & Character,  Paraphrasing Chart, Analyzing Mood.

Formative Assessment
Students compose an original poem in the style of Abandoned Farmhouse by Ted Kooser, which describes a home left behind by a family fleeing the Dust Bowl. Student poems must have certain elements that reflect the style of the original poem— such as use of simile and metaphor and personification, structure, rhythm, punctuation, and form. Examples of Original Poems written by 7th graders.