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Poetry Study
7th Grade ELA 2016
Resources:
The Watch that Ends the Night –Allan Wolf
Poetry Pre-Assessment
Poems:
- The Window to the World by E. A. Crow
- Swift things are Beautiful by Elizabeth Coatsworth
- Windsong by Pima
- Mama is a Sunrise by Evelyn Tooley Hunt
- My Papa’s Waltz by Theodore Roethke
- Too this day by Shane Koyczan
- Hope by Emily Dickenson
- Dreams Deferred by Langston Hughes
- New Love by Eve Merriam
- Oh, My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns
- She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron
- Beautiful by Bethany Dillon
- Fear by by Eva Pickova
- Cast Out by Karen Gershon
- Stolen Child by William Butler Yeats
- Voices of the Earth by Archibald Lampman
Name:_________________________________________
Block:_________________
How to eat a Poem
- Eve Merriam
Don't be polite.
Bite in.
Pick it up with your fingers and lick the juice
that may run down you chin.
It is ready and ripe now, whenever you are.
You do not need a knife or a fork or a spoon
or a plate of a napkin or tablecloth.
For there is no core
or stem
or rind
or pit
or seed
or skin
to throw away.
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Poetry Unit Caledar
Mon, Feb 29
Tues, Mar 1
Wed, Mar 2
Thurs, Mar 3
Friday, Mar 4
-Poetry Pretest
-Introduction to
The Watch that
Ends the Night –
by Allan Wolf
(book trailer)
(Titanic bio)
-TPCASTT
Undertaker
- Reflection
(last chance to turn in
Hist. Fic Book club
reading response)
Historical Fiction
review :
Comparing Info to
Fiction of same
historical event.
Historical Fiction -Finish up on
Historical Fiction
test
Eagle Time:
iReady Math
1 block: “Isn’t she
Lovely” analysis
2 block: “Isn’t she
lovely” analysis
4 block: “Isn’t she
lovely” analysis
Eagle Time:
iReady Reading
Mon, Mar 7
Tues, Mar 8
Wed, Mar 9
Thurs, Mar 10
Fri, Mar 11
Warm-up:
Imagery walk
- Swift Things
TPCASTT
Page 5-19 The
Watch that Ends
the Night.
Warm-up:
-Windsong
TPCASTT
-Draw the imagery
present in poems.
-Compare poems
(Venn diagram)
Page 26-45 The
Watch that Ends
Warm-up:
- Mama is a
Sunrise.
TPCASTT
Warm-up:
- My Papa’s Waltz
TPCASTT
- Compare poems
Page 53-73 The
Watch that Ends
the Night
Page 75-94 The
Watch that Ends
the Night
Warm-up:
Cate.mood words
- “Too this day”
Color and label
the moods that the
poetry slam
creates.
Page: 96-123 The
Watch that Ends
Eagle time:
iReady Math
1 : “We Real Cool”
vs “Don’t be a
dropout”
2 : “We Real Cool”
vs “Don’t be a
dropout”
4 : “We Real Cool”
vs “Don’t be a
dropout”
Eagle Time:
iReady Reading
Mon, Mar 14
Tues, Mar 15
Wed, Mar 16
Thurs, Mar 17
Fri, Mar 18
Warm-up: minibio Emily
Dickenson
-“Hope”
TPCASTT
- Compare poem
to his choir
version.
Pg. 132-162 The
Watch that Ends
Warm-up: minibio- Langston
Hughs
“Dream’s
Deferred”
-Compare Hope
and Dreams
Deferred.
Pg. 167-196 The
Watch that Ends
Warm-up:
-“New Love”
TPCASTT
Warm-up:
- “Oh, my love, is
like a red, red
rose” TPCASTT
-Compare poems
Warm-up:
“She Walks in
Beauty”
TPCASTT and
“Beautful”
Comparison.
Page 284-343 The
Watch that Ends
the Night
test.
- Start Poetry
WebQuest
-Reading
Response 20
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ST
st
nd
nd
Page.213-244 The
Watch that Ends
the Night
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th
th
Page 246-283 The
Watch that Ends
The Night
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- Mini-Lesson:
“Touchscreen”
poetry slam
analysis
-TPCASTT
“Facebook” Shape
Poetry Term Quiz
Eagle time:
iReady Reading
Eagle time:
iReady Math
1 : “As long as you
love me.” Vs
“Sonnet 29”
2 : “As long as you
love me.” Vs
“Sonnet 29”
4 : “As long as you
love me.” Vs
“Sonnet 29”
Mon, Mar 21
Wed, Mar 23
Thurs, Mar 24
Independent
Day: Catch up
Tues, Mar 22
Reward Day
County
Benchmark
-Shut down 1st
and 2nd block.
Warm-up
“Ode to EUMS”
group activity
Pg 346-371 The
Watch that Ends
Warm-up:
-“Fear” and “Cast
out” TPCASTTs
-Comparisons
Pg. 379-424 The
Watch that Ends
Eagle time:
iReady Math
1 : Poetry term
remediation
2 : Poetry term
remediation
4 : Poetry term
remediation
Eagle time:
iReady Reading
Mon, Mar 28
Spring break
Tues, Mar 29
Spring break
Wed, Mar 30
Spring break
Thurs, Mar 31
Spring break
Fri, April 1
Spring break
Mon, April 4
Tues, April 5
Wed, April 6
Thurs, April 7
Fri, April 8
Poetry Term
Retest(if needed)
Titanic and The
Watch that Ends
Celebration/Review
Eagle time:
iReady Math
Poetry test
review
“Solitude” and
“Stolen Child”
Poetry review for
test.
-Finish any
missing work
-Poetry Test
-Poetry Test
st
st
1 : “Smooth”
structure game
nd
nd
2 : “Smooth”
structure game
th
th
4 “Smooth”
structure game
Fri, Mar 25
- HOLIDAY
Eagle time:
iReady Reading
Websites for Titanic information:
- http://goo.gl/XVpxkj (Biographical information on passengers)
- http://www.britannica.com/topic/Titanic
- http://goo.gl/0eXvg5 (science of the Titanic)
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Introduction to Poetry:
Task: Search for the definition to each term.
Poetic Devices
imagery
alliteration
metaphor
assonance
extended metaphor
rhyme/rhythm
personification
repetition
simile
hyperbole
structure/ types of poetry
stanza
oxymoron
rhyme scheme
symbolism
sonnet
connotation
free verse poem
denotation
Sound Devices
onomatopoeia
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Task: Provide example of each term.
Poetic Devices
imagery
alliteration
metaphor
assonance
extended metaphor
rhyme/rhythm
personification
repetition
simile
hyperbole
structure/ types of poetry
stanza
oxymoron
rhyme scheme
symbolism
sonnet
connotation
free verse poem
denotation
Sound Devices
onomatopoeia
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Comparing historical events (the sinking of the Titanic) to its fictional
portal (The Watch that Ends the Night).
Pg.435-449
Provide Summary of historical information about Titanic:
Provide summary for the following voices:
John Snow:
Captain E.J. Smith:
Jamila Nicola-Yarred:
Frankie Goldsmith:
Iceburg:
Task: Define these fancy, sophisticated words to where the average 7th
grader can understand.
Frivolous:
Promenade:
Pompous:
Jaunt:
Saunter:
Vivacious:
Vigorous:
Illustrious:
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Thursday, March 3
Introduction to TPCASTT
-A method to analyzing poetry.
Title
Paraphrase
Connotation
Author’s
Purpose
Shift
Theme
Title
Let’s Practice!
Title
“Nothing Gold Can Stay”:
Paraphrase
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Connotation Identify:
How does this contribute to the poem’s meaning?
Author’s
Purpose
Tone:
Mood:
Word choice analysis:
Shifts
Where:
Structure analysis:
Theme
Title
Friday, March 4
“Touch Screen” Class Questions
1: What is the theme or the lesson that Marshall is trying to get across in him poem?
2: What does the poem mean when it says “doesn’t it feel good to touch?” This line is repeated
over and over again.
3: What does the poem say about Facebook?
4: According to the poem, how to people communicate in today’s world?
5: “Touch Screen” compares today’s world with a different world. What has changed? Give an
example from the poem.
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6: Has technology and touch screens changed the way we love one another? How?
7: What has technology taken away from us (humans)? Explain.
8: According to the poem, Marshall wonders if the technology that we have will ever become
advanced enough for us (humans) to be happy. What does your group think?
Title
“F” Shape Poem
Paraphrase
Connotation Identify:
How does this contribute to the poem’s meaning?
Author’s
Purpose
Tone:
Mood:
Word choice analysis:
Shifts
Where:
Structure analysis:
Theme
Title
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Monday, March 7
Imagery Walk
Locations
Sight
Sound
Taste
Smell
Touch/Feel
-
“Swift Things are Beautiful” by Elizabeth Coatsworth
Swift things are beautiful:
Swallows and deer,
And lightning that falls
Bright-veined and clear,
Rivers and meteors,
P
Wind in the wheat,
The strong-withered horse,
The runner’s sure feet.
And slow things are beautiful:
The closing of day,
The pause of the wave
That curves downward to spray,
The ember that crumbles,
The opening flower,
And the ox that moves on
In the quiet of power.
T
P
C
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The Watch that Ends the Night (pages 5-19) 1st half of “Preparing to Sail”
- Captain E. J. Smith (page 5 and 16)
Trace/plot
- Refugee, Jamila Nicola-Yarred (page 9 and 18)
Trace/plot
- Dragon Hunter, Frankie Goldsmith (page 19)
Trace/plot
- Iceberg (page 7)
Trace and TPCASTT
Title
Iceberg page 7
Paraphrase
Connotation
Identify:
How does this contribute to the poem’s meaning?
Author’s
Purpose
Tone:
Mood:
Word choice analysis:
Shifts
Where:
Structure analysis:
Theme
Title
- Iceberg (page 14)
Title
Iceberg page 14
Paraphrase
Connotation
Trace and TPCASTT
Identify:
How does this contribute to the poem’s meaning?
Author’s
Purpose
Tone:
Mood:
Word choice analysis:
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Shifts
Where:
Structure analysis:
Theme
Title
Tuesday, March 8
T
“Windsong” by Pima
Wind now commences to sing;
Wind now commences to sing.
P
The land stretches before me,
Before me stretches away.
Wind’s house now is thundering.
Wind’s house now is thundering,
I go roaring over the land,
The land covered with thunder.
Over the windy mountains;
Over the windy mountains,
Came the myriad-legged wind;
The wind came running hither.
P
P
P
The black Snake Wind came to me;
The black Snake Wind came to me,
Came and wrapped itself about,
Came here running with its songs.
Myriad: means countless or numerous
P
C
A
T
S
T
Illustrate the scene that the poem creates through imagery (“Windsong” or “Swift Things”)
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"Swift Things"
"Windsong"
The Watch that Ends the Night (page 26-45) 2nd half of “Preparing to Sail”
- Refugee, Jamila Nicola-Yarred (page 26 and 36)
- Dragon Hunter, Frankie Goldsmith (page 37)
- Undertaker, John Snow (44-45)
- Iceberg (page 43)
Title
Iceberg page 43
Paraphrase
Connotation
Trace/plot
Trace/plot
Trace/plot
Trace and TPCASTT
Identify:
How does this contribute to the poem’s meaning?
Author’s
Purpose
Tone:
Mood:
Word choice analysis:
Shifts
Where:
Structure analysis:
Theme
Title
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Wednesday, March 9
T
Mama Is a Sunrise by Evelyn Tooley Hunt
When she comes slip-footing through the door,
she kindles us
like lump coal lighted,
P
and we wake up glowing.
She puts a spark even in Papa's eyes
and turns out all our darkness.
When she comes sweet-talking in the room,
she warms us
like grits and gravy,
and we rise up shining.
Even at nighttime Mama is a sunrise
that promises tomorrow and tomorrow.
P
C
A
S
T
T
The Watch that Ends the Night (pages 53-73) 1st part of “Setting Out”
- Dragon Hunter, Frankie Goldsmith (page 53 and 61)
- Captain, E. J. Smith (page 56, 65, and 72)
- Refugee, Jamila Nicola-Yarred (page 68)
Thursday, March 10
Trace/plot
Trace/plot
Trace/plot
T
My Papa’s Waltz by Theodore Roethke
The whiskey on your breath
Could make a small boy dizzy;
P
But I hung on like death:
Such waltzing was not easy.
We romped until the pans
Slid from the kitchen shelf;
My mother’s countenance
Could not unfrown itself.
The hand that held my wrist
Was battered on one knuckle;
At every step you missed
My right ear scraped a buckle.
P
P
You beat time on my head
With a palm caked hard by dirt, P
Then waltzed me off to bed
Still clinging to your shirt.
C
A
S
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T
T
Mama is a Sunrise
My Papa's Waltz
The Watch that Ends the Night (pages 75- 94) 2nd part of “Setting Out”
- Captain, E. J. Smith (page 75 and 85)
Trace/plot
- Refugee, Jamila Nicola-Yarred (page 78)
Trace/plot
- Undertaker, John Snow (page 93-94)
Trace/plot
- Iceberg (page 87)
Trace and TPCASTT
Title
Iceberg page 87
Paraphrase
Connotation
Identify:
How does this contribute to the poem’s meaning?
Author’s
Purpose
Tone:
Word choice analysis:
Shifts
Where:
Mood:
Structure analysis:
Theme
Title
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Friday, March 11
Task: Rewrite “My Papa’s Waltz” to suit a loving and gentle father.
Example:
Ecstatic! :D
Task: As you listen to “To this day” by Shane Koyczan, color steadily the emotions that you feel.
Second time through, label the emotions out to the side.
The Watch that Ends the Night (page 96-123) All of “One Last Port”
- Captain, E. J. Smith (page 96 and 107)
Trace/plot
- Refugee, Jamila Nicola-Yarred (page 111)
Trace/plot
- Undertaker, John Snow (page 122-123)
Trace/plot
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- Iceberg (page 121)
Title
Iceberg page121
Paraphrase
Connotation
Trace and TPCASTT
Identify:
How does this contribute to the poem’s meaning?
Author’s
Purpose
Tone:
Word choice analysis:
Shifts
Where:
Mood:
Structure analysis:
Theme
Title
Monday, March 14
T
Hope By Emily Dickinson
Hope is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—
P
And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—
P
I've heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.
P
C
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Task: Compare the song version of “Hope” to its poem:
- How does the song contribute to your understanding of the poem, “Hope”?
- In what way is the song version different from the poem version of “Hope”?
The Watch that Ends the Night (page 132-162) All of “The Open Sea”
- Dragon Hunter, Frankie Goldsmith (page 132-134)
- Captain, E. J. Smith (page 135 and page 145
- Refugee, Jamila Nicola-Yarred (page 152 and 157)
- Iceberg (page 162)
Title
Iceberg page162
Trace/plot
Trace/plot
Trace/plot
Trace and TPCASTT
Paraphrase
Connotation
Identify:
How does this contribute to the poem’s meaning?
Author’s
Purpose
Tone:
Word choice analysis:
Shifts
Where:
Mood:
Structure analysis:
Theme
Title
Tuesday, March 15
A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore-And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over-like a syrupy sweet?
T
P
P
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P
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
P
Or does it explode
C
S
A
T
T
"Hope"
"Dream Deferred"
The Watch That Ends the Night (pages 167 – 196) All of “Frivolous Amusements”
- Undertaker, John Snow (page 167)
Trace/plot
- Refugee, Jamila Nicola-Yarred (page 182, 191, and 196)
Trace/plot
- Captain, E. J. Smith (page 184)
Trace/plot
- Dragon Hunter, Frankie Goldsmith (page 189-190)
Trace/plot
Wednesday, March 16
T
New Love by Eve Marriam
I am telling my hands
not to blossom into roses
I am telling my feet
not to turn into birds
and fly over rooftops
P
P
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and I am putting a hat on my head
so the flaming meteors
in my hair
will hardly show.
P
C
A
S
T
T
The Watch that Ends the Night (pages 213 – 244) 1st part of “Turning the Corner”
- Undertaker, John Snow (page 213)
Trace/plot
- Captain, E. J. Smith (pages 221, 235, and 237)
Trace/plot
- Dragon Hunter, Frankie Goldsmith (page 230)
Trace/plot
- Refugee, Jamila-Yarred (page 244)
Trace/plot
Thursday, March 17
A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns
T
My love is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June :
My love is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune.
P
As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in love am I :
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.
P
Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun :
And I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.
P
And fare thee weel, my only love,
And fare thee weel a while !
P
And I will come again, my love,
Thou’ it were ten thousand mile.
C
A
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T
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New Love
A Red, Red Rose
The Watch that Ends the Night (pages 246-283) 2nd half of “Turning the Corner
- Captain, E. J. Smith (page 246)
Trace/plot
- Refugee, Jamila Nicola-Yarred (pages 259, 264-265, and 269)
Trace/plot
- Dragon Hunter, Frankie Goldsmith (pages 262-263)
Trace/plot
- Iceberg (pages 280 and 283)
Trace/plot
Title
Iceberg page280
Paraphrase
Connotation
Identify:
How does this contribute to the poem’s meaning?
Author’s
Purpose
Tone:
Word choice analysis:
Shifts
Where:
Structure analysis:
Mood:
Theme
Title
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Title
Paraphrase
Iceberg page283
Connotation
Identify:
How does this contribute to the poem’s meaning?
Author’s
Purpose
Tone:
Word choice analysis:
Shifts
Where:
Structure analysis:
Mood:
Theme
Title
Friday, March 18
She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron (George Gordon)
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
P
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
P
And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!
P
T
C
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“Beautiful” by Bethany Dillon
I was so unique
Now I feel skin deep
I count on the make-up to cover it all
Crying myself to sleep cause I cannot keep their attention
I thought I could be strong
But it’s killing me
Does someone hear my cry?
I’m dying for new life
I want to be beautiful
Make you stand in awe
Look inside my heart and be amazed
I want to hear you say
Who I am is quite enough
Just want to be worthy of love and beautiful
Sometimes I wish I was someone other than me
Fighting to make the mirror happy
Trying to find whatever is missing
Won’t you help me back to glory
You make me beautiful
You make me stand in awe
You step inside my heart, and I am amazed
I love to hear You say
Who I am is quite enough
You make me worthy of love and beautiful
1) Compare and contrast the structures of both “She Walks in Beauty” and “Beautiful”.
2) Both poems address the idea of beauty. How is the presentation of beauty similar? How is
it different?
3) Compare and contrast the speakers in the poems. How are the speaker’s perspectives
similar? Different?
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The Watch that Ends the Night (pages 284-343) 1st half of “Whiskers on the Light”
- Undertaker, John Snow (pages 282-286)
Trace/plot
- Captain, E. J. Smith (page 293, 302-303, 318, and 325)
Trace/plot
- Refugee, Jamila Nicola-Yarred (pages 299 and 342)
Trace/plot
- Dragon Hunter, Frankie Goldsmith (page 343)
Trace/plot
Monday and Tuesday, March 21 – 22
Task: Complete County Benchmark. Take this time to FILL in any blanks within this unit.
Wednesday, March 23
The Watch that Ends the Night (pages 346 – 371) 2nd half of “Whiskers on the Light”
- Refugee, Jamila Nicola-Yarred (page 346)
Trace/plot
- Dragon Hunter, Frankie Goldsmith (page347)
Trace/plot
-Captain, E. J. Smith (page 361)
Trace/plot
-Undertaker, John Snow (pages 370 – 371)
Trace/plot
- Shipbuilder, Thomas Andrews (pages 358-389)
Title
Shipbuilder pages 358 - 389
Paraphrase
Connotation
TPCASTT
Identify:
How does this contribute to the poem’s meaning?
Author’s
Purpose
Tone:
Word choice analysis:
Shifts
Where:
Structure analysis:
Mood:
Theme
Title
- Voices (pages 368 – 369)
Title
Voices pages 368 - 369
TPCASTT
Paraphrase
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Connotation
Identify:
How does this contribute to the poem’s meaning?
Author’s
Purpose
Tone:
Word choice analysis:
Shifts
Where:
Structure analysis:
Mood:
Theme
Title
- Iceberg (page 367)
Title
Iceberg page 367
Paraphrase
Connotation
Trace/plot
Identify:
How does this contribute to the poem’s meaning?
Author’s
Purpose
Tone:
Word choice analysis:
Shifts
Where:
Structure analysis:
Mood:
Theme
Title
Thursday, March 24
T
Fear by Eva Pickova
Fear Today the ghetto knows a different fear,
Close in its grip, Death wields an icy scythe.
An evil sickness spreads a terror in its wake,
The victims of its shadow weep and writhe.
P
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Today a father's heartbeat tells his fright
And mothers bend their heads into their hands.
Now children choke and die with typhus here,
A bitter tax is taken from their bands.
My heart still beats inside my breast
While friends depart for other worlds.
Perhaps it's better – who can say? –
Than watching this, to die today?
No, no, my God, we want to live!
Not watch our numbers melt away.
We want to have a better world,
We want to work – we must not die!
P
P
P
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Cast Out by Karen Gershon
Sometimes I think it would have been
easier for me to die
together with my parents than
to have been surrendered by
them to survive alone
P
Sometimes it does not seem that they
spared me the hardest Jewish fate
since by sending me away
they burdened me and cast me out
and none suggested that I should stay
P
When the Jews were branded there
was one number meant for me
that another had to bear
my perennial agony
Is the brunt of my dispair
P
Sometimes I feel I am a ghost
adrift without identity
what as a child I valued most
for ever has escaped from me
I have been cast out and am lost
P
C
A
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T
T
Fear
Cast Out
The Watch that Ends the Night (pages 379 – 424) All of “The Watch that Ends the Night”
- Dragon Hunter, Frankie Goldsmith (pages 379 and 399)
Trace/plot
- Refugee, Jamila Nicola-Yarred (page 382)
Trace/plot
- Undertaker, John Snow (pages 404-405)
Trace/plot
- Iceberg (pages 403, 412, 414, 417, 421, 424)
Trace and TPCASTT
Title
Iceberg page 403
Paraphrase
Connotation
Identify:
How does this contribute to the poem’s meaning?
Author’s
Purpose
Tone:
Word choice analysis:
Shifts
Where:
Structure analysis:
Mood:
Theme
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Title
Paraphrase
Iceberg page 412
Connotation
Identify:
How does this contribute to the poem’s meaning?
Author’s
Purpose
Tone:
Word choice analysis:
Shifts
Where:
Structure analysis:
Mood:
Theme
Title
Paraphrase
Iceberg page 414
Connotation
Identify:
How does this contribute to the poem’s meaning?
Author’s
Purpose
Tone:
Word choice analysis:
Shifts
Where:
Structure analysis:
Mood:
Theme
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Tuesday and Wednesday, April 4 – 5
The Stolen Child by W. B. Yeats
T
Where dips the rocky highland
Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,
There lies a leafy island
Where flapping herons wake
The drowsy water rats;
There we’ve hid our faery vats,
Full of berrys
And of reddest stolen cherries.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.
P
Where the wave of moonlight glosses
The dim gray sands with light,
Far off by furthest Rosses
We foot it all the night,
Weaving olden dances
Mingling hands and mingling glances
Till the moon has taken flight;
To and fro we leap
And chase the frothy bubbles,
While the world is full of troubles
And anxious in its sleep.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.
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Where the wandering water gushes
From the hills above Glen-Car,
In pools among the rushes
That scarce could bathe a star,
We seek for slumbering trout
And whispering in their ears
Give them unquiet dreams;
Leaning softly out
From ferns that drop their tears
Over the young streams.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.
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Away with us he’s going,
The solemn-eyed:
He’ll hear no more the lowing
Of the calves on the warm hillside
Or the kettle on the hob
Sing peace into his breast,
Or see the brown mice bob
Round and round the oatmeal chest.
For he comes, the human child,
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than he can understand.
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1)
What is the structure of “The Stolen Child”? How does the rhyme scheme change from stanza to stanza?
2)
What does the poet mean by the words “the world’s more full of weeping” at the end of every stanza?
3)
Find an example of alliteration in the 3 stanza and write it here:
4)
In the first three stanzas, the speaker is describing a fantastic “fairyland”. Circle language the poet uses to
appeal to the reader’s senses (imagery/sensory language).
5)
How does the point of view change in the last stanza? What does the change indicate(mean or point out)?
6)
What is the significance of the “Faeries”? Do you think they are good or evil forces in this poem? Support
your answer with specific examples from the poem (quote).
7)
Explain how stanza 4 is different from the first three stanzas. How does the shift affect the mood of the
poem?
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Voices of the Earth by Archibald Lampman
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We have not heard the music of the spheres,
The song of star to star, but there are sounds
More deep than human joy and human tears,
That Nature uses in her common rounds;
The fall of streams, the cry of winds that strain
The oak, the roaring of the sea's surge, might
Of thunder breaking afar off, or rain
That falls by minutes in the summer night.
These are the voices of earth's secret soul,
Uttering the mystery from which she came.
To him who hears them grief beyond control,
Or joy inscrutable without a name,
Wakes in his heart thoughts bedded there, impearled,
Before the birth and making of the world.
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8)
Explain the theme of this poem and provide evidence to support your answer.
9)
Reread lines 5-8. What effect does the poet’s use of imagery have on the reader’s imagination?
10) Explain how the last two lines of this poem add new meaning to the central idea/theme of the poem.
11) How do the poets use figurative language in the same and different ways in “Voices of the Earth” and “Stolen
Child”?
12) Contrast the tones of each “Voices of the Earth” and “Stolen child”
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