Reflection: Flexibility Choosing Words Carefully: Anne Bradstreet's Diction and Style - Section 3: Explicating Poetry: "Upon the Burning of Our House"


Because I focus on review of so much information, so many skills the students should know, this year's look at "Upon The Burning of Our House" ran long talking about poetic devices. While it allowed us more depth to address Bradstreet's choices in language and structure, it meant that I felt rushed addressing the themes of the piece. In terms of discussion, it was less than I'd hoped for, as I enjoy seeing what the students have to say in response to Bradstreet's own reaction, and shift in tone, at the loss of her home. In terms of the standards though, we have addressed theme a lot so far this year, I was satisfied to address author's style more, and I feel we have flexibility to explore style in detail as the semester progresses. 

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Choosing Words Carefully: Anne Bradstreet's Diction and Style

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

Objective: SWBAT identify and analyze how poetic structure refines and shapes the tone and theme of Anne Bradstreet's "Upon the Burning of Our House."

Big Idea: As students look deeper into the themes and diction Puritan Poetry, they explore how one person expresses solace even amid devastating tragedy.

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