Opening the Door to Poetry -

Opening the Door to Poetry

Length:  9 weeks
Content-type: Text-based
Age/Grade: 6th – 9th Grades
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How to Use This Course

This nine-week introduction to poetry is specifically designed for the student who has not read much poetry in the past. It explores how to read and think about poetry, various poetic forms, vocabulary, literary devices, memorization, writing, and more.

Course Introduction

Imagine opening the door to a roomful of people you’ve never met before. At first, you don’t recognize anyone. You see groups standing together chatting. There are loud, charismatic types and quieter, soft spoken people. Some have warm smiles, and others look sad and sullen. Stepping into this unfamiliar group may feel intimidating, but the only way you will get to know them is to spend some time with them.

Likewise, many students are unfamiliar with poetry. This course is designed for the student who may not have read much poetry in the past. Just like meeting new people, though, and getting to know all the different personalities of a new group, we must spend time getting to know poetry before it becomes familiar and comfortable.

In this course, we will learn how to read and think about poetry. You will read a variety of poems and hopefully find some that you really love. You may also find a few you don’t like much, but overall you will grow more familiar with poetry.

Additionally, this course will include vocabulary, discussion of literary devices such as metaphor and simile, opportunity for copywork and memorization, and writing activities.

Lesson 1: Introduction
Lesson 2: Everyday Poems
Lesson 3: Metaphorical Poems
Lesson 4: Sound Poems
Lesson 5: Personification
Lesson 6: Alliteration
Lesson 7: Historical Poems
Lesson 8: Shakespeare’s Poetry
Lesson 9: Review and Writing Assignment

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