1. Topic-
Introduction to Poetry Analysis
2. Objectives-
SWBAT to connect poetic techniques to meaning.
3. Materials and Aids-
-6 sets of the poem "The Watch" by Frances Cornford -- each line printed on a sentence strip and packaged out of order.
-White board and markers
-Online access to the poem

4. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1.Have students get into small groups.
2.Hand each group a set and ask them to work together to return the poem to its original arrangement.
3.Have a prize ready for the group that finishes first.

B. Development-

1.Once all groups have been successful, project the poem onto the whiteboard.
2.As a whole group, ask students to explain their process. How did they make decisions? What clues did they use. They will mention things like punctuation, capital letters, syntax, rhyme, content. Lead them to these discoveries if necessary.
3.Now ask students to look for other notable aspects of the poem. You can give them specific things to look for (onomatopoeia, alliteration, assonance, repetition, personification, etc.), or you can see what they come up with on their own. This is a great opportunity to go over some literary term definitions.

C. Practice-

By now, some kids will have noticed a variation in form. One line in the poem has 9 syllables, while the rest have 8. Ask them to think about why that may be. What is the content of that line? Is it possibly connected? Point out that there are no accidents. Form informs meaning.

D. Independent Practice-

1.Continue to discuss the link between poetic devices and meaning. Be sure to read the poem aloud several times throughout discussion.
2.Note the importance of diction as well.
3.Finally, guide class to a discussion of theme. Try to demonstrate that all the devices and elements discussed point to the theme.

G. Closure-

The poem is very accessible and should help build confidence around analysis and overall meaning.

This Lesson Plan is available at (www.teacherjet.com)