Reflection: Routines and Procedures More Than Turkey Legs & Buckled Hats: Puritan Background & Poetic Analysis - Section 4: SOAPSTone: A Poetry Explication Tool


I focus on the dual themes in Anne Bradstreet's poetry: her love for her husband as a "goodwife"* and her reflection on her faith as a Puritan. As such, the overall direction of our explication turned to pointing out her subject matter (reward in heaven for her love on Earth) and Tone (joyous, celebratory), and seeking the specific words that let the reader know how she feels. We examined her diction and use of rhyme especially to point out the overall "happy" feel to the poem, even if it address speaker and audience's eventual deaths. 

Overall, this section of the lesson went well. I did try to fit a lot in, and as the week went on, I needed to go back an reteach ideas more than I initially intended. In the future, I think I will focus only on one aspect (poetic structure, Plain Style, or SOAPSTone), rather that try to fit in all three. 

Given that my students are working in a district-owned textbook, they do not have the flexibility to annotate their texts. In the future, I will provide sticky notes for them to cover the same notes we do in class. 

*As noted in her inspirations in the guided notes. 

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More Than Turkey Legs & Buckled Hats: Puritan Background & Poetic Analysis

Unit 2: Literacy: Plain Living Portrayed in Puritan Poetry and Sermons
Lesson 1 of 10

Objective: SWBAT determine theme and its development through analyzing the impact of diction in Anne Bradstreet's poetry by using SOAPSTone as their analysis tool.

Big Idea: Most high school students can identify Thanksgiving Dinner with Puritans; today students explore the meaning, tone, and diction in Puritan poetry.

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