Kind of Activity:
To improve close-reading skills
Common Core Standards:
Begin by leading a class discussion in which students collaboratively close read and analyze a poem ("Sun of the Sleepless" may be a good choice given its brevity). You can walk the students through the following elements, among others:
- Scansion and meter. If students are unfamiliar with scanning verse, they might take turns scanning lines for the class.
- Places where the rhythm is ambiguous or the spoken stress could be rendered several ways.
- Interesting line breaks
- Common poetic and...
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