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Poetry Reading and Interpretation Through Extensive Modeling

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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
Lesson Author

Ryan James Dippre

Milford, Pennsylvania


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






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Essay Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Essay Map

The Essay Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for an informational, definitional, or descriptive essay.


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  • 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.

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  1. Read extensively on John Berryman’s life and background (see instructor notes for detailed information).
  2. Read and annotate “Sole Watchman" and “The Ball Poem" to be used for instruction (see the sample annotation of "Sole Watchman" for guidance).
  3. Review the following printouts and make sure that you have enough copies for each student:

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