Comparing "Annabel Lee" and "Ulalume"

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Objective

SWBAT identify elements of similarity and difference in two of Poe's poems, "Annabel Lee" and "Ulalume"

Big Idea

Similar subject matter, same poet, but very different poems.

Latin Roots Warm Up

10 minutes

This is our daily warm up, wherein students work with two or three Latin roots per day.  The resource that I use to get my roots is Perfection Learning's Everyday Words from Classic Origins.
Every day, when the students arrive, I have two Latin roots on the SmartBoard.  Their job is to generate as many words as they can that contain the roots, and they try to guess what the root means.  After I give them about five minutes, we share words and I tell them what the root means.

The students compile these daily activities in their class journals.  After every twelve roots, they take a test on the roots themselves and a set of words that contains them.

Venn Diagram: In Partners

40 minutes

At this point in the unit, the students have read both "Ulalume" and "Annabel Lee."  So, I put them into partners to complete Venn diagrams about content, structure, and poetic elements.

This activity takes a really long time, because -- though we have read aloud, discussed, and identified elements in -- both poems, the students have to make all of the notes and decisions themselves.