A Lesson Plan For
Poem 8 - Putting it all Together
The Exercises Poetry Study With Mrs. Mac
Objectives: To prepare students for poetry testing by providing practice in multiple choice and short-answer test formats.
Essential Materials: Poems to Remember. Edited by Dorothy Petitt. NY, Glencoe, 1984, access to an Internet computer and a word-processing computer, pencil or pens.
Class periods: two - four 40-minute periods (depends on class size)
- Select 3-5 poems from the text which have not yet been read or discussed. In addition to the poems noted in Lessons 1-7, the following are recommended:
All in Green Went My Love Riding (135)
Who Has Seen the Wind? (165)
"I scooped up the moon" (171)
Daybreak on Avenue C (149)
"Loveliest of trees" (127)
Half Moon (117)
"spring is like a perhaps hand" (114)
Duck Chasing (98)
"because it's" (48)
Mother to Son (26)
The Microbe (6)
A Parental Ode... (12)
- Have students work in groups of 2-3 complete the Poem Review worksheet (Word '97, .pdf, .html). Poems should then be presented to the class by the group.
- Have students complete the three exercises included in Exercise 8. The first two of these are web-based self-tests. The third is a sample poetry short answer test.
- Follow-up: Depending upon your goals, administer your own assessment, based upon poems from the above list or poems from other sources. I like to use Ballad of Birmingham or another literary ballad (from Lesson Plan 7), a haiku or Tang poem, and a shorter poem like Meeting and Passing by Robert Frost.