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Poetry Reading and Interpretation Through Extensive Modeling
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Eight 50-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Computers with a word processing program
- Essay Writing PowerPoint
- “Sole Watchman” Thesis PowerPoint
- Revising/Editing PowerPoint
- Exit Slips Strategy Guide
- Journal/notebook for note taking
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
The Essay Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for an informational, definitional, or descriptive essay.
- Berryman Biography Notes and Research Questions (students)
- Instructor Notes on John Berryman
- Instructor Annotation for "Sole Watchman"
- Essay Assignment Information
- Sample Essay Assignment
- Sample Essay
- Sample Essay with Annotations
- Berryman Essay Rubric
- John Berryman at Poets.org
This website contains a biography of John Berryman, along with links to confessional poetry and several related authors. The site also contains a selected bibliography of his works.
- John Berryman at Modern American Poetry
This website contains another biography and excerpted interviews. For those interested in extending the lesson to contain The Dream Songs, the site has several excerpts of analysis of several poems in the collection.
- John Berryman at The Poetry Foundation
This website contains a biography of the author, a small selected bibliography, and links to two selections from The Dream Songs and Homage to Mistress Bradstreet. An essay on Berryman is also linked to the site.
- Read extensively on John Berryman’s life and background (see instructor notes for detailed information).
- Read and annotate “Sole Watchman" and “The Ball Poem" to be used for instruction (see the sample annotation of "Sole Watchman" for guidance).
- Review the following printouts and make sure that you have enough copies for each student: