Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Skill 3: Poetry Analysis - Section 2: How to Read a Poem: "Half-Caste" Reading and Anlaysis


I was so worried about throwing what is technically their first poem at them a week before the state test. Then I remembered--I've done poetry! I've read excerpts from Paradise Lost and all of Othello. Both have the basic elements of poetry and require a poetic lens for interpretation. 

In addition,thankfully, I was reminded today that my students have had many years of English prior to being in my classroom. While they might be in my care this year, many of them recognized the TPCASTT method and (even after they groaned about reading poetry) got right down to business when I asked them to read and annotate on their own. 

Ultimately, it will be clearer after I see their timed write tomorrow how well they actually did with their analysis of this poem, but I was encouraged by today's lesson that I am not the world's worst English teacher after all. 

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Skill 3: Poetry Analysis

Unit 11: Skill Review: Preparing for the State Test
Lesson 3 of 4

Objective: SWBAT determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in poetry by reading, annotating and analyzing "Half-Caste" by John Agard.

Big Idea: Poetry is the best tool for teaching the nuances of language. Let's see how a poet treats the topic of imperialism.

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