Books7th Grade
Unit 5  - Poetry

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Unit Information

Curriculum Map: Reading Literary -  Poetry

Unit Map:  Poetry - Teacher Constructed - 9/18/12

Checklist: Poetry Checklist

Unit Length: 17-19 Days

Domains: (select a domain)

  • Reading Literary (RL)

  • Publishing Creative Writing (W)

Performance Tasks:

  • Extended Metaphor - Choose a mechanical object (vacuum cleaner, lawn mower, etc.), and write a brief poem comparing it to something living.  Try to keep the mechanical object unnamed.  Hint at the identity of your mystery item by including the sounds, smells, feel, appearance, and actions of your object. (p. 664 - Elements of Literature  - DOK 3
  • Poetry Notebook - "Harlem Night Song" and "Winter Moon" - Write two paragraphs comparing and contrasting the images in these two poems.  Which of the images is the most powerful?  Which senses do the images appear to?  Be sure to include evidence to support the analysis. Elements of Literature - p. 670 - DOK 3/4 (Depending on the steps followed and the extent to which the student writes)
  • Narrative Poetry - "The Highwayman" - If you write a new ending for this narrative poem, what would you write? DOK 2/3
  • Elegy to ____(Rover) ____.  Think about an animal you once knew and loved, and write an elegy to that animal.  You may want to try writing in free verse.  Be sure to include precise imagery in describing the life of your animal.  p. 705 Elements of Literature - DOK 3
  • Catalog Poem - Try writing your own catalog poem -p. 717 after reading Carl Sandburg's "Arithmetic" DOK 3
Reading Literary (RL)
CCGPS Unit Standards: (click on a standard to see resources)
Concept 1 - What is Poetry?
ELACC7RL1.a - Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support an analysis of what the text says explicitly (poetry)
ELACC7RL1.b - Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support and analysis of inferences drawn from the text.
ELACC7RL2.a - Determine a theme or central idea of a text (poetry).
ELACC7RL2.b - Analyze the theme's development over the course of the text.
Prerequisites: 6th Grade
  • ELACC6RL1.a - Same
  • ELACC6RL1.b - Same
  • ELACC6RL2.a - Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through specific details
  • ELACC7RL2.b - Not addressed in the 6th grade standards
Essential Questions:
  • How does textual evidence support understanding and analysis in a text?
  • How does textual evidence support my analysis of inferences drawn from the text?
  • How does the theme's development affect my understanding of poetry?
  • How does theme development affect the overall meaning of the poem?
Key Vocabulary:
textual evidence
textual inferences
analysis
lconnotative meaning
overall meaning
details
recurring themes in poetry
poetic technique
sensory language
imagery
word choice
tone
Resources:
  • Elements of Literature: Poetry - 658-719 (Selections of Poetry)
  • Elements of Literature: "Making Inferences" - p. 259; "Questioning and Predicting" - p. 604; "What are Theme / Point of View - p. 340; "Analyze Themes: Visual Art" p. 342; Cause and Effect / Predictions Corrected? - p. 342; Comparing Themes p. 417; Finding Theme p. 353, 373; Themes 965
  • Holt Teacher Resources - Collection 7 - Poetry; Collection 4 - Theme and Point of View
  • Successmaker - Struggling Readers / Poetry and Drama / Reading Comprehension
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Concept 2:  Types of Poetry
ELACC7RL5 - Analyze how a drama or poem's form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning - DOK 3
ELACC7RL1.a - Cite textual evidence to support an analysis of text. (poetic types)
Prerequisites: - 6th Grade
  • ELACC6RL5.a - Analyze how a poem's stanza fits into the overall structure of a text.
  • ELACC6RL5.b - Analyze how the overall structure contributes to the development of the theme or setting.
  • ELACC6RL1.a - Same
Essential Questions:
  • How do variations in a writer's style and structure identify his purpose?
  • How is a narrative poem different from a lyric poem?
Key Vocabulary:
textual evidence
textual inferences
analysis
types of poetry - narrative, lyric, dramatic
connotative meaning
overall meaning
themes
poetic technique
poetic structure
stanza
sonnet
ballad
ode
elegy
catalog poem (p. 646 - Elements of Literature
Resources:
  • Elements of Literature - Examples of Poetry - p. 646, 671, 685, 687, 712; Lyric Poetry - p. 646, 681, 685; Narrative Poetry - p. 646, 671, 681; Ode - 646, 681; Sonnet - 646, 681; Free Verse - p. 712; Understanding Structure - p. 773
  • Teacher Resources (Holt) - Collection 7 - Poetry - Structure

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Concept 3 -  Figurative Language / Word Choice
ELACC7RL4.a - Determine the meaning of words and phrases, both figurative and connotative as
they are used in a text.
Prerequisites:
  • 6th grade standard - Same standard at 6th grade level.
Essential Questions:
  • How do context clues, sensory details, and figurative language convey a deeper meaning in poetry?
  • How does an author's word choice affect meaning and tone?
Key Vocabulary:
connotative meaning
figurative language
imagery
metaphor
extended metaphor
simile
personification
symbolism
hyperbole
tone / mood
Resources:
  • Holt - Elements of Literature - "Vocabulary Skills Review" - pp. 122, 240, 334, 478, 574, 636, 764, 892, 1010; Connotations / Denotations 60, 259, 268, 271, 280; Sensory Language 681; Metaphor / Simile 680
  • Jefferson County Schools (TN) Figurative Language Power Points (includes a list of other helps with simile, metaphor, alliteration, etc.)
  • Holt Teacher Resources - Collection 7 - Figurative Language
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Concept 4 - Structure / Rhyme / Rhythm
ELACC7RL4.b - Analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sound on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or a section of a story or drama. (2/3)
ELACC7RL5 - Analyze how a drama or poem's form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning. (DOK 3)
Prerequisites:
  • ELACC6RL4.b - Analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
  • ELACC6RL5.a - Analyze how a drama or poem's scene or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text.
  • ELACC6RL5.b - Analyze how the overall structure contributes to the development of the theme or setting.
Essential Questions:
  • How do rhyme and repetition of sound impact poetry?
  • How do rhyme and repetition help to give poetry a musical intensity?
  • How are sound devices used in poetry?
  • How do variations in a poet's style affect the reader's understanding and appreciation of poetry?
Key Vocabulary:
sounds of poetry
repetition
alliteration
onomatopoeia
exaggeration
rhyme scheme
meter
verse
free verse
end rhyme
internal rhyme
rhythm (scanning poetry)
couplet
poetic structure
sonnet
ballad
ode
elegy
catalog poem (646)
Resources:
  • Holt Elements of Literature - Rhythm and Rhyme Scheme - p. 695; Rhythm - p. 687; Onomatopoeia - p. 671; Figures of Speech - p. 718; Analyzing Figures of Speech - p. 723; "What are the Sounds of Poetry?" - p. 648; Literary Skills Review "The Sea" - p. 752; Studies of figurative language are prevalent throughout the study of poetry and short stories. RL4.b - Sounds of Poetry - p. 649, 701; Onomatopoeia - p. 962
  • Elements of Literature - Literary Skills Review - p. 752; Examples of Poetry - 646, 671, 685, 687, 712; Lyric Poetry - 646, 681, 685; Narrative Poetry - 646, 671, 681; Ode - 646, 681; Free Verse 712, Understanding Structure - p. 773

Writing - Publishing Poetry - ELACC7W4-6  - Poetry Notebooks etc. - Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above)  - DOK 3

 

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