Poetry students read poetry most days throughout the

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Poetry Students read poetry most days throughout the semester. This subject is studied in the following ways. The Weekly Poem starts the first week and continues throughout the semester with different variations, each of which is intended to instruct the student in analytical reading of poetry. They receive an AP-level poem taken from Perrine’s Literature which is also short enough to allow for repeated quick re-reading each day for a different purpose. Students read, analyze, and annotate the poem each day with a different purpose or focus (e.g., tone, imagery, etc.), following up in the appropriate section of Perrine’s . During these daily close readings that begin the period, I direct their attention to certain features in order to teach them to read at this level. On Friday they use their annotations to guide them as they write an in-class short analysis essay about the poem, incorporating the features they studied that week. We study subsequent exemplars as one means of feedback on their performance on such writing. Also, in anticipation of the possibility of two poems on the AP exam which students might have to compare, I add a second poem which must be thematically paired with the other while also connecting to the primary novel or play we are studying at that time. We study one poem the first two days; the second poem the next two days; and finally, we end the week by writing a short in-class essay in which they write about both in response to an AP-like essay prompt I craft (or adapt from an old one). We study poetic terms and devices throughout the semester, then review them by re-reading the chapters on Perrine’s Literature and related poems from each chapter as they go, writing further analyses about specific aspects of the poem they just studied. Thus they might read the chapter on figurative language, taking notes as they do so, then write a short analytical piece about a poem from that chapter in which they apply the key ideas about figurative language to their analysis. The Academic Essentials: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Thinking, Working at the College Level Woven into the course throughout the year are the “academic essentials” or what others refer to as academic literacies. Students come into the course with a wide range of prior experiences, not all of which prepare them to read critically or analytically, write analytical prose, engage in academic discourse about literary and expository texts, take notes and annotate, or take such advanced tests. Thus students learn in the context as needed how to do these things so that all might succeed in the class, on the test, and in college. The academic essentials are: Critical Reading Academic Writing Academic Discourse Analytical Thinking Taking Notes Taking Tests