Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Did you literally just think that?????? - Section 3: Partner Work: Storytelling


One reason I love this poetry unit is it that each year, there are always new interpretations that students come up with. Sometimes, for the poem "Storytelling," kids find extremely complex interpretations!

I've heard: Is this poem about the underground railroad? I bet this poem is about the Titanic sinking.

I always say, as long as you can use text evidence to prove your claim, than poetry is extremely open to interpretation. One caviat, you have to be just as willing and open to the possibility that your interpretation can be disproved by text evidence. This can be hard for the sixth grade brain to accept, but I often play devil's advocate.

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Did you literally just think that??????

Unit 4: Poetry Madness!
Lesson 4 of 9

Objective: SWBAT find figurative language and explain how it enhances the poem "Eating Poetry."

Big Idea: Are you literally afraid your kids aren't understanding poetry? Use this poetry lesson to ask: what is the author literally saying? What is more figurative?

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