AP Lang: Song of Myself

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RL5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

Learning Target: I can analyze how an author’s choices on structuring and organizing their text helps contribute to their purpose and meaning of the work as a whole.

Opening Session: Yesterday for homework I asked you to try your hand at writing a poem that addresses a social issue. Today I want you to pull that back out and reflect on the process for a few minutes, writing a brief journal entry on whether or not it was easy to do. You can also use this time to revise your poem, if you like.

Work Session: Welcome to Tuesday!! Today we’re continuing our discussion of poetry with Walt Whitman’s Song Of Myself. We will read the poem aloud together, and then like yesterday, we’ll have a class discussion on the Read and Write questions. Afterward, I want to direct your attention to the poems we’ve been working on.

Take a few minutes to revise and consider what you’ve been trying to convey, then trade poems with a partner. Without any explanation, read each others’ poems and see if you understand what’s going on. Then use this time to give your partner feedback and then revise your own poem to make it as good as it can possibly be!

Closing Session:  Share out! Let’s take a few volunteers to share their poems and tell us how they were inspired!—

Assessment: Informal (Journal check)

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding)

Homework: Read 20 minutes in your Independent Reading book.

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