V3 January 7 Understanding Poems

Understanding Poems 
There are 9 Steps I find helpful when it comes to understand poems 
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Understanding Poems 
There are 9 Steps I find helpful when it comes to understand poems 

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Today we deal with U7, lesson D
Turn to SB p88

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These are the materials we're working with today
but first go through the other slides

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Step One 
Don't Be Afraid 
Poems can be scary when you first look at them 
  • Scary looking words 
  • Scary looking wormat 

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Read the title 
  • Based on the title, what do you think the poem is about?
  • Decide before you move on 

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Read the poem all the way through 
  • Get a general idea of the poem 

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Take notes
  • Read the poem again                 
  • Highlight, write comments, underline
  • What you think is interesting, find confusing, and what might be particularly important  

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Look up words you don't know 
  • In good poems, every word has been carefully chosen 
  • Writers have limited space to get there point across 

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Identify the Narrator
  • It isn't always in the writer's point of view
  • What is the tone?
  • Is the narrator's point of view important for the poem? 

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Notice change 
  • Focus on certain words such as: but, however, yet
  • Those words can show that some kind of important point is made afterwards. 

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  • Rhyme scheme  
  • Meter of the lines (Rhythm) 
  • Physical layout

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Read out LOUD
  • Hearing it can help you find things you may not have noticed before.

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Now look at the poem.
By the title what do you think the Poem is about?

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What are some things you noticed or think are important?

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What are words you didn't understand and what is their definition?
(look it up)

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What do you know about the narrator?

Let op, de verteller is niet per se de schrijver

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Did you notice anything different after reading it aloud?

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Let's go back to the exercises in the book
Now you can probably find the answers to exercises 3 and 4

Afterwards, say goodbye and study build up or read holes.

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