"Find Someone and Ask..." Poetry Discussion

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SWBAT analyze British poetry using "Find Someone and Ask" discussion.

Big Idea

Asking questions leads to inquiry and close reading.

Teacher to Teacher: Lesson Context and Time Frame

This is the third lesson in the poetry unit. At this point students have selected their poems and are beginning to work with them. This lesson is designed to get students reading their poems closely and discussing them with other students. In this lesson students 

  • Discuss one another's poems and
  • Complete a "Find Someone and Ask" graphic organizer. 
  • Share what they learned about one another's poems via their discussion. 

To learn more about "Find Someone and Ask," check out  Find Someone and Ask.mp4.

"Find Someone and Ask" Poetry Inquiry

30 minutes

The "Find Someone and Ask" graphic organizer has questions specific to poetry that students can ask one another. Find Someone and Ask....Poetry (1).docxAfter giving students the organizer, we read through the questions, and I tell students to ask a different person for each of the questions. Before they begin, I talk about the final square, which indicates that students need to ask their classmates about other "poetry things." I don't want them to get caught up on splicing the poems into literary elements, but I do want them to think about what sounds poetic to them in the poems. 

As the students mingle and discuss their poems, I remind them not to copy from one another's poems but to talk about them and take notes from discussion. This is because the person who "owns" the poem needs to read through it and find answers for those asking the questions. Also, I tell students that not every poem has an answer for every question.  Students working on "Find Someone and Ask" shows the discussion in progress. 

Whole-Class Sharing of "Find Someone and Ask"

15 minutes

Once students have completed their graphic organizers, we meet for a whole-class discussion. I ask for a volunteer to share something from the discussion and indicate that it doesn't matter which question the student shares. 

The greatest challenge for students is quoting the exact lines from poems. They share details about tone and mood, but also name images of "flowers" in some poems.

For the question "What line makes you sense doom?" Several students talked to the student with "Not Waving but Drowning" and recorded the line "Nobody heard him, the dead man." "Find Someone and Ask" student work shows this students answers. 

For the question "What line gives you hope?" another student wrote "I could not love thee (Dear) so much, lov'd I not Honour more" from "To Althea from Prison."