Reflection: Grappling with Complexity What is an Ode? - Section 3: "Ode To The West Wind" Partner Work


I was skeptical that my students would be able to completely analyze the Shelley ode in the shortened class session that we had today, and I was right.  I am ok with this, in that I want to return to the poem as a whole group when we have ample time to discuss it.  Thus, the completion of the partner activity became independent homework.

What I had not anticipated was how eager many of my students were to map the rhyme scheme of this longer work, and I soon noticed that a lot of time was lost due to their determination to map the entire poem (Grappling With Rhyme Scheme).  I suspect they were fixating on the rhyme scheme because it was the easier of the two tasks to perform.

When I realized this was happening, I switched gears and began directing them to select any two cantos, map the rhyme scheme, and then move on to the additional task of interacting with and analyzing the content of the poem.


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What is an Ode?

Unit 5: Bad Boy Part I
Lesson 7 of 12

Objective: Taking another cue from Walter Dean Myers in Bad Boy, SWBAT read and analyze "Ode To The West Wind" by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Big Idea: "But secretly I wanted to be an English poet" (Myers): Exploring the odes that moved him.

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