Close Read: Casey at the Bat - Craft and Structure

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SWBAT identify the author's purpose for creating this poem as well as identify the similes and metaphors within the text.

Big Idea

This is the second lesson in our close read on "Casey at the Bat." We will focus on craft and structure today as we take a closer look at the text.


Second Read - Casey at the Bat

20 minutes

This is our second read of "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest L. Thayer.  This time through we will be looking at the author's purpose for writing the piece as well as the structure of the piece.  What is the rhythm and  rhyme pattern that is used? Why did the author write this piece?  Who is the audience? 

I will pose these questions BEFORE reading "Casey at the Bat" for the second time.  The students can then be thinking of these questions as we read the piece.

Thayer, E. L. (2013). Casey at the Bat (ebook). Dayton, OH : Knowledge Works Company 

Class Discussion

10 minutes

Before the students started to read "Casey at the Bat" for the second time, I posed some questions about the author's purpose for writing this story and questions about the structure of the text.  Now that the students have read through the text with those questions in mind, I will pull them together for a class discussion of the author's purpose and structure of the piece.  Casey at the Bat is a great story to take a close look at the structure with students.  I have included in the resources some of the questions we will be sure to touch on during our class discussion.

Small Group Project

15 minutes

For the small group project the students will work in partners or small groups of three.  The students will be re-reading the text of "Casey at Bat" looking for the similes and metaphors in the piece.  The students have worked with similes and metaphors in our poetry unit prior to this. We will quickly review what they are and the differences between the two.  

The students will then complete the similes and metaphors activity page with their partner or in their small group. They will write down actual simile or metaphor they find and the stanza number where they found it. 

Lesson Closer

10 minutes

To conclude today's activities, each group will be asked to share with the class at least one simile or metaphor that they found.  They will also be challenged to try to explain what the author was trying to convey by using that simile or metaphor.  Of course the rest of the class as well as myself will be there to assist if needed in trying to figure out the meanings of the similesand metaphors.  :)