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Poetry Unit - English I

"The Sound of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel:  lyrics    audio
Annotating Poetry
Explanation               Student Examples

Each of you will choose a poem from the list linked above. Then, during the next few weeks, you will lead an informal discussion on the poem you have selected. In preparation for the discussion, you should read the poem several times (certainly no fewer than ten times) and thoroughly annotate the poem. You’ll want to lead us to an understanding of the poem: what the poem is “about” and, more importantly, how it “works.” You are welcome to research scholarly criticism, but be sure to cite any sources you may have consulted.

1) Discussion leader: This rubric will be used to assess your role as the discussion leader.
2) Discussion participant: This rubric will be used to assess your role as a discussion participant.
3) Poem annotations (nightly): You will annotate poems each night in preparation for the discussions. You must submit your annotations in Google Classroom before class in order to received credit. Visit this page for examples of poetry annotations.
4) Analysis response (one assignment): You will submit a written response on the poem that you presented. In your response, you will not only explain what the poem means but also how the poem works. Review this explanation and Purdue OWL's page for assistance.