Analysis Lesson Using Poetry
Make class sets of the poem, the Poetry Reading Strategies printable, and the Inference Graphic Organizer printable.
Step 1: Tell students they will be learning strategies to help them appreciate poetry and read poetry more effectively.
Step 2: Discuss the following strategies and their importance with your students. I usually make a class set of the Poetry Reading Strategies printable and pass them out to students to refer to while I am discussing.
Step 3: Read the poem "I'm Nobody! Who Are You?" by Emily Dickinson.
Step 4: Apply the strategies when reading and discussing the poem. For example, discuss the number of lines and stanzas, listen for rhyme and rhythm, etc.
Step 5: Discuss unfamiliar words in poem, such as "dreary" and "bog." Look them up in the dictionaries if necessary.
Step 6: Give each student an Inference Graphic Organizer printable. Tell them to choose three descriptive statements from the poem and write an inference for each statement.
Step 7: Encourage students to draw illustrations to accompany their inferences.
Step 8: Discuss students' inferences as a class.
Students need to be able to infer in all subject areas and in real life. Graphic organizers appeal to visual/spatial learners and discussion benefits verbal learners.
Students can research Emily Dickinson and her poetry.
Students will discuss with parents or guardian the following question: What are the pros and cons of being well-known and of being unknown?
Are the students able to apply the reading strategies to help them analyze and understand poetry?
Poetry Reading Strategies:
Analysis Graphic Organizer: