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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


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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Many Years Later: Responding to Gwendolyn Brooks’ “We Real Cool”

Students analyze the Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem “We Real Cool” and then write about how the character’s pool hall days might influence who the character becomes fifty years in the future.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Thinking Inductively: A Close Reading of Seamus Heaney’s “Blackberry Picking”

This lesson eases students’ fear of interpreting complex poetry by teaching them a strategy with which they determine patterns of imagery, diction, and figurative language in order to unlock meaning.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Literary Parodies: Exploring a Writer’s Style through Imitation

This lesson asks students to analyze the features of a poet’s work then create their own poems based on the original model.


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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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Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 29

Poe's "The Raven" was published in 1845.

As Poe's "The Raven" is read aloud, students note their reactions and discuss the changes or development of their first impressions as the poem continues.


Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 3

United States Congress officially adopted the position of Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry in 1985.

Students investigate the website of a past Poet Laureate's project and use it as a model to celebrate poetry that appeals most to them.


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Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Close Reading of Literary Texts

This guide provides strategies for choosing text that is appropriate for close reading and to plan for instruction.


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