Practical Poetry - Common Core Exemplars for Poetry for Grades 6-8

Practical Poetry - Common Core Exemplars for Poetry for Grades 6-8

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This Poetry Guide Practical Poetry: A Guide to Teaching the Common Core Text Exemplars for Poetry in Grades 6-8 - 272 pages! Focuses specifically on teaching the Common Core standards in English Language Arts through the Common Core Text Exemplars for Poetry in Grades 6-8. Includes author biographies, historical context articles, notes on the poems, vocabulary and unique terminology for the poems, Standards Focus/Literary Analysis activities, Assessment Preparation activities, "You Try" activities, quizzes on each of the poems, two final tests, and complete answer key.

Includes:

"I, Too, Sing America" by Langston Hughes

  • Historical Context and Biography on author Langston Hughes accompanied by Comprehension Check questions about the article (RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RL.6.5; RI.7.1, RI.7.2, RL.7.1; RI.8.1, RI.8.2, RL.8.3)
  • Notes and relevant poetry analysis terms related to the poem with questions on analysis of the poem itself (RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.6; RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.6; RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3, RL.8.6)
  • Standards Focus Activity on Analysis of Poetry, which guides students through the diction, symbolism, and theme of the poem (RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.6; RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.6; RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3, RL.8.6)
  • Standards Focus Activity on Literary Comparisons, which compares the poem with Walt Whitman's "I Hear America Singing," (RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.4, RL.6.6, RL.6.9; RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.4, RL.7.6, RL.7.9; RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.4, RL.8.6, RL.8.9)
  • Language Focus Activity with a focus on Verbs and Verb Tense with the poem at the core of the activity, (L.6.1; L.7.1; L.8.1, L.8.1.A, L.8.1.B, L.8.1.C, L.8.1.D)
  • An activity leading students through writing their own "Today/Tomorrow" poem, and a 10-question quiz on the poem and poetry terms used.
  • Copy of the poem itself is NOT included.

"Paul Revere's Ride" by Longfellow

  • Biography on author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow accompanied by Comprehension Check questions about the article (RI.6.1; RI.7,1; RI.8.1)
  • Vocabulary, unique terms, and relevant poetry analysis terms related to the poem (RL.6.4; RL.7,4; RL.8.4)
  • Comprehension Check questions on the poem itself (various standards addressed)
  • Activity on Paraphrasing and Inference (Rl.6.2;RL.7.2; Rl.8.2)
  • Activity: Incorporating Quotations into Writing (W.6.7, W.6.8, W.6.9; W.7.7, W.7.8, W.7.9; W.8.7, W.8.8, W.8.9), with the poem at the core of the activity
  • "You Try" activity leading students through writing an original parody (W.6.4; W.7.4; W.8.4)
  • 20-question quiz on the poem and poetic elements
  • Copy of the poem itself is NOT included

Walt Whitman's "O Captain! My Captain!"

  • Historical Context and Biography on author Walt Whitman accompanied by Comprehension Check questions about the article (RI.6.1; RI.7,1; RI.8.1)
  • Vocabulary, unique terms, and relevant poetry analysis terms related to the poem (RL.6.4; RL.7,4; RL.8.4)
  • Comprehension Check questions on the poem itself (various standards addressed)
  • Activity on Tone and Diction (various standards addressed); an Assessment Preparation Activity
  • The Power of Punctuation, with the poem at the core of the activity (L.6.2; L.7.2; L.8.2)
  • Activity leading students through a creative writing project In the Style of Walt Whitman (W.6.4; W.7.4; W.8.4)
  • 15-question quiz on the poem and poetic terms.
  • Copy of the poem itself is NOT included.

Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky"

  • Historical Context/Author Biography on Lewis Carroll and corresponding Comprehension Check questions (RI.6.1; RI.7,1; RI.8.1)
  • Notes and "vocabulary" from the poem (RL.6.4; RL.7,4; RL.8.4)
  • Comprehension Check questions about the poem itself (various standards addressed)
  • Activity on Meter and Rhyme (RL.6.4, RL.6.5; RL.7.4, RL.7.5; RL.8.4, RL.8.5)
  • Activity on Parts of Speech (L.6.5; L.7.5; L.8.5)
  • Activity on writing a Nonsense Poem (W.6.4; W.7.4; W.8.4)
  • 10-question quiz on the poem
  • Copy of the poem itself is NOT included. 

"Twelfth Song of the Thunder," a Navajo Traditional

  • Historical Context accompanied by Comprehension Check questions about the article (RI.6.1; RI.7,1; RI.8.1)
  • Questions on analysis of the poem itself (various standards addressed)
  • Activity on Imagery and Repetition (RL.6.4, RL.6.7, RL.6.9; RL.7.4; Rl.8.4)
  • Activity on Connotation, Essential and Non-Essential Elements (L.6.5.C; L.7.5.C; L.8.5.C)
  • Activity leading students through writing their own "Land" poem (W.6.4; W.7.4; W.8.4)
  • 10-question quiz on the poem and relevant poetic terms
  • Copy of the poem itself is NOT included.

"The Railway Train" by Emily Dickinson Activity Pack

  • Historical Context and Biography on author Emily Dickinson accompanied by Comprehension Check questions about the article (RI.6.1; RI.7,1; RI.8.1)
  • Vocabulary, unique terms, and relevant poetry analysis terms related to the poem (RL.6.4; RL.7,4; RL.8.4)
  • Comprehension Check questions on the poem itself (various standards addressed)
  • Activity on Personification and Point of View (RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.6.6; RL.7.4, RL.7.6; RL.8.4)
  • Activity on Writing from Different Points of View (RL.6.5,W.6.4; RL.7.6, W.7.4; W.8.4)
  • Activity leading students through a creative "Personification" poem (W.6.4; W.7.4; W.8.4)
  • 20-question quiz on the poem and vocabulary from the poem.
  • Copy of the poem itself is NOT included.

"The Song of Wandering Aengus" by W.B. Yeats

  • Historical Context and Biography on author William Butler Yeats accompanied by Comprehension Check questions about the article (RI.6.1; RI.7,1; RI.8.1)
  • Vocabulary, unique terms, and relevant poetry analysis terms related to the poem (RL.6.4; RL.7,4; RL.8.4)
  • Comprehension Check questions on the poem itself (various standards addressed)
  • Activity on Alliteration and Symbolism (RL.6.4; RL.7,4; RL.8.4)
  • Activity on Showing Not Telling (W.6.6.3.B, W.6.3.C, W.6.3.D, W.6.4; W.7.6.3.B, W.7.3.C, W.7.3.D, W.7.4; W.8.6.3.B, W.8.3.C, W.8.3.D, W.8.4)
  • Activity leading students through their own "Longing" poem (W.6.4; W.7.4; W.8.4)
  • 10-question multiple choice quiz on the poem
  • Copy of the poem itself is NOT included.

"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost

  • Historical Context and Biography on author Robert Frost accompanied by Comprehension Check questions about the article (RI.6.1; RI.7,1; RI.8.1)
  • Comprehension Check questions on the poem itself (various standards addressed)
  • Activities on Setting and Extended Metaphor and Writing with Purpose--Extended Metaphor, with an activity guiding students through writing their own extended metaphor (Rl.6.4, Rl.6.5, W.6.4; RI.7.5, W.7.4; RI.8.5, W.8.4)
  • Activity leading students through their own poem about choices (W.6.4; W.7.4; W.8.4)
  • 10-question quiz on the poem
  • Copy of the poem itself is NOT included.

"Chicago" by Carl Sandburg

  • Historical Context and Biography on author Carl Sandburg accompanied by Comprehension Check questions about the article (RI.6.1; RI.7,1; RI.8.1)
  • Notes and a Vocabulary List with Definitions (RL.6.4; RL.7,4; RL.8.4)
  • Comprehension Check questions on the poem itself (various standards addressed)
  • Activity on Hyberbole, Figures of Speech, and Turns (RL.6.4, L.6.5; RL.7.4, L.7.5; RL.8.4, L.8.5)
  • Activity on Nouns, Prepositions, and Sentence Combining (L.6.1, W.6.6.5; L.7.1, W.7.5; L.8.1, W.8.5)
  • Activity leading students through their own original poem about a special place (W.6.4; W.7.4; W.8.4)
  • 25 question quiz on the poem
  • Copy of the poem itself is NOT included.

"The Book of Questions" by Pablo Neruda

  • Historical Context and Biography on author Pablo Neruda accompanied by Comprehension Check questions about the article (RI.6.1; RI.7.1, RI.8.1)
  • Notes and a Vocabulary List with Definitions (RI.6.4, L.6.4; RI.7.4, L.7.4; RI.8.4, L.8.4)
  • Comprehension Check questions on the poems (varied standards addressed)
  • Activity on Purpose in Poetry (RL.6.6; RL.7.5, RL.7.5, RL.8.6)
  • Activity on Answering Short Response and Essay Questions
  • Activity leading students through their own original questions in the style of Neruda (W.6.4; W.7.4; W.8.4)
    10-question True/False and Short Response Quiz
  • Copy of the poem itself is NOT included.

"Oranges" by Gary Soto

  • Historical Context and Biography on author Gary Soto accompanied by Comprehension Check questions about the article (RI.6.1; RI.7,1; RI.8.1)
  • Notes and Comprehension Check questions on the poem (various standards addressed)
  • Activity on Details, Inference, and Symbolism (RL.6.1, W.6.3.D, RL.6.4; RL.7.1, RL.7.4, W.7.3.D; RL.8.1, RL.8.4, W.8.3.D)
  • Activity on Writing with Attention to Details (W.6.2.B, W.6.3.C, W.6.3.D; W.7.2,B, W.7.3.C, W.7.3.D; W.8.2.B, W.8.3.C, W.8.3)
  • Activity leading students through their own "First" poem (W.6.4; W.7.4; W.8.4)
  • 5-question short response quiz
  • Copy of the poem itself is NOT included.

"A Poem for My Librarian, Mrs. Long," Nikki Giovanni

  • Historical Context and Biography on author Nikki Giovanni accompanied by Comprehension Check questions about the article (RI.6.1, RI.7.1, RI.8.1)
  • Notes, Allusions and Terms, Vocabulary List (RL.6.4, RL.7.4, RL.8.4)
  • • Comprehension Check questions on the poem (RL.6.1, RL.6.5; RL.7.1, RL.7.5; RL.8.1, RL.8.5)
  • Activity on Parenthesis, Writing Voice, and Allusions (RL.6.1, W.6.4, RL.6.4; RL.7.1, W.7.4, RL.7.4, L.7.5.A; RL.8.1, RL.8.4, W.8.4)
  • Activity on Punctuation that Interrupts: Dashes, Commas, and Parentheses (L.6.2.A; L.8.2.A)
  • Activity leading students through their own "Memoir" poem (W.6.4; W.7.4; W.8.4)
  • 10-question matching and multiple choice quiz on the poem
  • Copy of the poem itself is NOT included.