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AP Poetry

Poetry – 4 weeks

How do poets use poetic devices to illuminate the human condition?

Assorted poems from Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Yeats, Plath, Eliot, Keats, Dove, Thomas, Herrick, Blake, Tennyson, and other student choice poets.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of rhyme scheme, blank verse, figurative language- simile, metaphor,  overstatement (hyperbole), understatement (litote), metonymy, synecdoche, apostrophe, onomatopoeia, oxymoron,  personification, ode, mood, tone, and syntax.

Students will read, annotate, analyze, and do in class writing activities including creating their own original poems using extended metaphors, writing comparative essays, revising essays in response to teacher feedback, complete a research project on a chosen poet, and take applied practice poetry quizzes.

Unit Essay: How do form & use of literary devices influence meaning in a chosen poet’s work?

Examining and analyzing a selection of poems from a poet of the student’s choosing (among offered selected poets) – explore what poetic devices and common poetic forms the poet is using consistently.  How do these devices shape meaning and purpose and how can  they be compared/contrasted across a variety of works.

Poetry Essay Review

Need a Quick Review? Spend a minute or two reading through … that’ll do.

  • Review terms and techniques.
  • Become familiar with types of poetry questions (prompts).
  • Highlight the prompt to make certain you are aware of required tasks.
  • Time your essay carefully.
  • Read the poem a couple of times.
  • Spend suffi cient time “working the poem” before writing.
  • Mark up the poem.
  • Create a strong opening paragraph, including prompt information.
  • Refer often to the poem for concrete details and quotes to support your ideas.
  • Always stay on topic.
  • Avoid simply paraphrasing.
  • Include transitions and echo words.
  • Practice—vary the prompt and your response.
  • Consult the models and rubrics for self-evaluation.
  • Share ideas with others.
Day One Introduction To PoetryInterpreting Poetry  Poetry-and-AP-Language



Day Two Learning to Interpret Poetry  Learning to Analyze Poetry


Day Three Practice Interpretation with Donne’s sonnetsHW: Further Poetry Practice  Poetry Comparison

Poetry Practice

 Day Four Poetry types ppt  Types of Poems

Poem Types ppt poems

Day Five TPCASTT and DIDLS – “Mirror” by Slyvia PlathPoetry Project  TPCASTT_Template

A different TPCASTT template


The DIDLS Method of Determining Tone

Day Six Connotation and Denotation – textbook – 757″There is No Frigate Like A Book” – 758

“Cross” – 766

“The World is Too Much With Us” – 766

HW:  Pick a poem not used and answer questions for poem.

 Day Seven Imagery in Poetry – pg 712″The Widow’s Lament in Spring time” – 716

“Living in Sin” – 718

“After Apple Picking” – 720


HW: Pick a poem and use a TPCASST to analyze

 Day Eight “Spinster” – 1078 – Read – find unusual words that may have ?multiple meanings.  Find words that strike you.  Brainstorm and ?write 2 other words that might replace the words that you noted.  ?What effect did the words the poet chose have that was different ?from the ones you chose?Look at poem explication for project


Explicating a Poem – Read “Hollow Men”  and complete ?explication form

 Literary Response Journal

hollow_men poem and_questions



 Day Nine Review Hollow MenApplied Practice as a class
 Day 10 Archetypes and Symbols  ArchetypalSymbols _2_



 Day 11 Analyze two poems – SonnetsUse analysis questions


HW: Create MC questions for one of the poems

 Analyze Sonnets
 Day 12 Exchange poetry questions, answer, and then discuss.
 Day 13 Applied Practice for Poetry


 Day 14 Go over Poetry Essay format

Timed Poetry Essay

 Learning to Analyze Poetry


Example Student Essays on Poetry

AP Literature Poetry Essay Prompts

 Day 15 Revise Timed Essay
 Day 16 Library time for Poetry assignment
 Day 17 Timed MC and EssayHW: Bring in 13 copies of personal poem and be prepared to discuss
 Day 18 Turn in Poetry assignmentRound table discussion of poem choices


HW: Study Poetry terms for poetry test

 AP Literature Poetry Terms
 Day 19 Finish Poetry roundtable discussion
 Day 20 Poetry Terms Test




























































Other Handouts:


Syntax _ quotes#BD2D

Poetry Packet







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