Suitable for: Years 7-8
Duration: 2 hours a week for 9-10 weeks; 18-20 hours total
This course covers poetry analysis and comprehension. Students learn the vocabulary for analysing poetry, and put these to use by studying and analysing a range of poems from the 16th century to now (at least 3 poems studied per lesson). At the end of the course, students are equipped to analyse a wide variety of poetry, including Shakespearean sonnets.
Student Writing Outcomes:
- Original poetry inspired by the poems studied in class;
- Opinion pieces about the poems studied in class; and
- Analytical paragraphs or partial essays about the poems studied.
Student Learning Objectives:
- Understanding and applying an extensive list of techniques for poetry analysis;
- Critically evaluating a range of poems based on structure as well as meaning;
- Studying poems by Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, Donne, Whitman, Wyatt, Surrey, Spenser, Poe, Kipling, Angelou, Henley, and more; and
- Having the tools to analyse and write about poems in opinion pieces and essays.
- Lesson 1: Introduction to Poetry
- Lesson 2: The Language of Literature
- Lesson 3: ‘We Real Cool’
- Lesson 4: Life, Death, and Between
- Lesson 5: Invictus
- Lesson 6: Sonnets – A History
- Lesson 7: Shakespearean Sonnets
- Lesson 8: Sonnets after Shakespeare
- Lesson 9: Nature
- Lesson 10: Conclusion