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Poetry Activities for Imagery w/ Phillis Wheatley

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Grade 9, 10, 11, 12





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This is an all-encompassing poetry resource, centralizing on Phillis Wheatley's profound poem "To S.M., a Young African Painter, On Seeing His Works." your students may be guided through the intriguing literary concept of imagery, using annotation, in-depth literary analysis (covering short answer and essay assignments), and a stimulating creative poem-writing task.

You can dive deep into Wheatley's work, exploring with your class the power of imagery in enhancing poetic language. I'm eager to see your intellectual development and creativity bloom through thoughtful analysis and poem composition.

Incorporating this resource in our class is straightforward! You can begin by examining the poem in detail, a great way to start our class session. Following this, you can provide some time for your students to tackle the guided annotation task and answer the analysis questions that come with the lesson (don't worry, an answer key is provided!). Then comes the thrilling part - your students will get a chance to craft their own poem, applying the poetic concepts they just explored. To wrap up, you can assess their grasp of the poem and its elements with a literary analysis essay. This assignment is complete with a prompt, some helpful writing tips, a peer review process, and a rubric aligned with Common Core standards!

Your TeachSimple download includes:

  • A POEM ANALYSIS ACTIVITY: Give students the opportunity to read Phillis Wheatley's “To S.M., a Young African Painter, On Seeing His Works" (text included) and analyze the poem via an annotation activity and accompanying analysis questions (answer key included). Ideal for a bell ringer!

  • A CREATIVE WRITING ASSIGNMENT: Provide students the opportunity to further develop their understanding of imagery with a creative poem writing assignment (tied to one Common Core Writing Standard). Ideal for sub plans!

  • A LITERARY ANALYSIS ESSAY: This essay assignment builds on students' understanding of imagery and Phillis Wheatley's “To S.M., a Young African Painter, On Seeing His Works." The assignment handout includes essay guidelines, analysis prompt, literary analysis writing tips, and a peer review checklist. The included rubric is tied to 4 Common Core ELA Standards and includes a link to an editable rubric that allows for grading customization and seamless integration into Google Classroom and many other Learning Management Systems (LMS's)

Although this resource can be fitted for any secondary Language Arts classroom, it has been carefully designed to work best in grades 9 through 12. The included rubric is subtly but specifically tied to Common Core ELA Standards for Language (1 and 2) and Writing (2 and 4). This resource is provided in print-ready, bookmarked, and adjustable PDF files and PowerPoint Show files.

This resource contains 5 pages and 1 Google Sheet.

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literature literary analysis creative writing poetry

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