Slavery Module: Lesson twelve

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7th Grade ELA
NYS Common Core Curriculum
Module 3, Unit 1

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Slavery Module: Lesson twelve

  1. 1. DO NOW Read the poem “Introduction to Poetry” Use the blank space to sketch three (3) separate images you can picture as you read the poem
  2. 2. Slavery Narrative of Frederick Douglass “Introduction to Poetry” • What do your pictures have to do with the poem title? • What is the speaker in the poem trying to say? • Let’s take a closer look…
  3. 3. Introduction to Poetry I ask them to take a poem and hold it up to the light like a color slide or press an ear against its hive. I say drop a mouse into a poem and watch him probe his way out, or walk inside the poem’s room and feel the walls for a light switch. I want them to waterski across the surface of a poem waving at the author’s name on the shore. But all they want to do is tie the poem to a chair with rope and torture a confession out of it. they begin beating it with a hose to find out what it really means.
  4. 4. Slavery Learning Objectives I can read and re-read a poem to find layers of meaning. I can identify common poetic devices, especially those that have to do with structure, figurative language and repetition.
  5. 5. Slavery Narrative of Frederick Douglass POETRY! • Take out FOUND POEM (#2) • Metaphor: poetry is a car • Paint job reading • Engine… “pop the hood” reading • Mean machine reading! How to Read a Poem Chart!
  6. 6. The Negro Speaks of Rivers I’ve known rivers: I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers. I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young. I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep. I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it. I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went down to New Orleans, and I’ve seen its muddy bosom turn all golden in the sunset. I’ve known rivers: Ancient, dusky rivers. My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
  7. 7. Slavery Narrative of Frederick Douglass Powerful Stories Anchor Chart • Let’s add Langston Hughes’s poem to the chart!!
  8. 8. Slavery Narrative of Frederick Douglass Exit Ticket! • List three (3) poetic tools with which you are most familiar • List three (3) tools that need help • What might be hardest for you when we “pop the hood” of another poem?
  9. 9. Slavery Narrative of Frederick Douglass Homework • Poet’s Toolbox Matching Worksheet • Worksheet + Poetry Toolbox!!

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