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Grade 9 English Poetry Calendar: Elements of Poetry

Types of Poetry and Poetic Devices

Understanding Figurative Language

Strategies for Reading Poetry

Strategies for reading poetry:

 *Preview the poem- Look at the shape, number of stanzas and lines, punctuation, and rhyme scheme of poem.

 *Read the poem aloud a few times- Hearing how a poem sounds sometimes makes it more sensible.

 *Visualize the images- Paint a picture in your mind.  Do the images remind you of something?

 *Clarify words/phrases- Do certain words or phrases/figurative language stand out? Why?

 *Evaluate the poem’s theme- What message is the poet trying to send or help me understand?  Make inferences and draw conclusions based on the text in the poem.