A symbol is a thing that is representative for something else. There are many effects that symbols have in poetry. For starters, symbols help poets create images in the reader's mind. Secondly, they convey deeper meanings than words would otherwise. In today's lesson, students will read, annotate, and analyze Carl Sandburg's "Grass" and "Statistics," to argue how imagery is used to evoke strong feelings in the reader about the poet's perspective of war.
For students to begin understanding the impact that poetry has on reading comprehension, the following prompt will be placed on the board for students to answer:
How can a poem give more details about WWII than a story?
Students will respond to the prompt silently. To end this activity, students will volunteer to share their response to the bell work. Below are other points that I will share abut the uniqueness of poetry!
Moving to the next activity will allow students to begin understanding why a poem is the most adequate genre for revealing emotional feelings about war.
Students will read Carl Sandburg's poems independently. While students are interacting with each poem for the first time, they will use the following analysis to guide their annotation on each poem
In order for students to understand any text, they must read for a purpose. I will call on students to share their work on the poems with the whole class. Because students did this task independently, it is important that time is given so students can share new understandings gathered from the text. With these poems being used mainly in high school, students may struggle with the complexity level as well as how the use of personification in "Grass" contribute to their overall understanding of the poet's perspective about war.
Students will end class by working on the Carl Sandburg Poem analysis & questions in their notebooks. I will allow students to chose a partner to work with on this comprehension activity. I will serve as a facilitator to answer questions students may have about the content of each poem. I will end class by doing a share-out of responses students uses to answer questions about each poem.