Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Look a Little Closer: Teaching Students do a Close Reading

Students are intimidated by poetry.  Who can really blame them?  It takes a lot of practice to understand how poets use language to create meaning.

My college students are about to start a literary analysis unit using short stories so I thought I'd review how to examine a piece of literature for literary devices with them.  I chose to do so by using my Ozymandias and Ode on a Grecian Urn sheets.

Here are some examples:

Students made annotations on their own, as we talked about the poem, and again as they worked through the line by line questions.  The students told me they liked this technique of going through the poetry.  My thought is, in a high school classroom, I'd go through several poems like this and then set them on their own with other poems.  By completing these sheets students will learn what questions to ask themselves the next time they read a poem or story.

If you want these sheets specifically you can find them HERE.

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