Reflection: Student Ownership Explicating House Work: Edward Taylor & The Conceit - Section 3: Drafting a Plain Style Poem: Directions and Practice


Students seemed, overall, excited about the opportunity to write their own poems, once they got past the initial focus on religious belief of the Puritans. As I monitored their drafting at the end of class, students asked "Is it okay if I write about..." and ran their topic by me. For all of them, I said, "Of course it is." Allowing students this openness of topic encourages them to take ownership of the material.

I was impressed with the variety of ideas, but many of the students were still not sure what to write about. In the future, I will assign topic selection much earlier as a formal assignment, so that I can give students direct feedback and clarify any concerns they may have about their topics. I'm excited about these poems; this is always a great way to get to know my students though seeing what they value. 

  Topic Selection Time: Adjusting to Allow Students Prep Time.
  Student Ownership: Topic Selection Time: Adjusting to Allow Students Prep Time.
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Explicating House Work: Edward Taylor & The Conceit

Unit 2: Literacy: Plain Living Portrayed in Puritan Poetry and Sermons
Lesson 3 of 10

Objective: SWBAT identify and explain the conceit in Edward Taylor's "Huswifery" by unpacking the development of the metaphor throughout the poem.

Big Idea: Shocking and unusual metaphors are examined and created as students explore the conceit as a literary device.

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