Saturday, April 19, 2014

Spring Break! And, It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

It's Spring Break! We're having a Disney-themed Easter at my house, and after the Easter Bunny has come and the eggs have been found we're heading out to catch our plane first thing Monday morning. We've dreamed of taking our 3 boys to Disney World for years and it's finally happening this week!

Also, be sure to check out these huge bundles designed to help you prepare for the end of the school year! All of the profit from these bundles will help my nephew, Jaydon, fund his trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National History Day competition. Read more about Jaydon's opportunity here, and view the bundles below!

Now, onto the Monday reading link-up!

This weekend, I finished Popular: Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen. I blogged about this book and author last Monday:

From last week's post:

Maya Van Wagenen

I sat next to Maya at the Texas Tea With Young Adult Authors, which is just what it sounds like! Teachers and librarians sit at tables and young adult authors rotate tables about every 10 minutes, telling us a little bit about themselves and their books. It was only after I heard Maya speak that someone else revealed that she's only 16! I was blown away. She was so confident, poised, and well-spoken. And I can't wait to read her new book! It will be released tomorrow, April 15th.

Plot Summary: "Stuck at the bottom of the social ladder at pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren’t paid to be here,” Maya Van Wagenen decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help Maya on her quest to be popular? 

Even better is that she is in touch with Betty Cornell, the author of the 50's popularity guide Maya followed. And there's a brand new edition of the guide being released along with this book! I received an autographed copy of Popular, but I ordered Betty's guide through Amazon and can't wait to get it in tomorrow!

My Review:

So, this book wasn't EXACTLY what I was expecting. I guess I thought it would be more funny, less serious. But it definitely wasn't any less awesome!

Reading Popular definitely took me back to those dark and miserable days of middle school. Like Maya, I was pretty much at the bottom of the social ladder with little hope to ever rise higher. I dearly love teaching middle school students, but you couldn't pay me enough money to BE a middle school student again!

Although much of Betty's advice is absolutely dated (always wearing hats and gloves to church, vaseline on the eyelids, girdles), so many of the life lessons in the book are universal and still ring true today. 

Like I said last week, I also ordered and read Betty's book above. Here's some of Betty's advice:

On weight:

Stick to your doctor's advice as to what your proper weight should be. When you reach the figure he has set for you, stop there. Don't try to become underweight on the assumption that you will look more glamorous when you are thin, pale, and wan. 'Tain't so. You won't look glamorous at all - just bedraggled and tired out.

Hmm.. sounds good, right? She doesn't stop there.

If you don't know what foods are fattening, ask your chubby friends, because they will know.

On dates:

Once you have made a date, keep it. If you have no good reason to break a date, other than your own wish to do so, then you should not. Indeed, good manners demand that you must not. Even if it means turning down a chance to do something else you would much rather do, you have got to stick with your original agreement. 

Good manners make it easy for a girl to let a boy feel master of any situation. In a restaurant, it is the boy who pays, who gives the order for the two of you to the waiter, who makes arrangements for the table. Even if you have agreed to go Dutch, you can give your date your share of the bill later, in private. At the movies, if you want to pay your way, it is easy enough to give the boy your ticket money beforehand, inconspicuously. 

Don't criticize or nag. Swearing is not smart. Don't be fooled into thinking that profanity or vulgarity makes you seem like a big time operator. 

On petting:

Petting is not properly a subject for a chapter on good manners. There are, however, aspects of petting that do concern us. Whether or not you pet, how far you go is your own private problem. However, once you are in a public place, what you do becomes a matter of public concern.

I could go on and on with her advice - and read so much out loud to my husband! But, in addition to the old-fashioned stuff that makes you want to share it with someone, much of her advice is good and solid and stands the test of time.

Through the book, Maya figures this out. She weeds through the outdated stuff and finds the right advice that helps her take chances, open up to others, take risks, and eventually make many friends. In April, she makes the bold move of changing seats in the cafeteria each day, sitting with different cliques as if she wasn't breaking the social structure. She even sits with the all-Spanish-speaking boy gang table!

There's nothing in this book that you would want to sensor for 6th grade (or even 5th grade!) girls. I'm getting more copies because I can definitely see this becoming a very popular title among so many of my 6th, 7th, and 8th graders! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

New Books & Authors to Get Excited About!

First, if you are a TpT seller, please consider donating an item for one of the fundraising bundles I'm putting together for my nephew, Jaydon. It's a happy fundraiser! Read about his opportunity here.

I had a fabulous week at the Texas Library Association Conference! My husband drove in to San Antonio to meet me and keep me company while I was there. We got to do the tourist thing a little, visiting the Alamo (we both LOVE history!) and taking a boat tour of the Riverwalk. San Antonio is a really neat city to visit!

So, back to books! Here are some new books and authors I'm really excited about!

Maya Van Wagenen

I sat next to Maya at the Texas Tea With Young Adult Authors, which is just what it sounds like! Teachers and librarians sit at tables and young adult authors rotate tables about every 10 minutes, telling us a little bit about themselves and their books. It was only after I heard Maya speak that someone else revealed that she's only 16! I was blown away. She was so confident, poised, and well-spoken. And I can't wait to read her new book! It will be released tomorrow, April 15th.

Plot Summary: "Stuck at the bottom of the social ladder at pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren’t paid to be here,” Maya Van Wagenen decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help Maya on her quest to be popular? 

Even better is that she is in touch with Betty Cornell, the author of the 50's popularity guide Maya followed. And there's a brand new edition of the guide being released along with this book! I received an autographed copy of Popular, but I ordered Betty's guide through Amazon and can't wait to get it in tomorrow!

I can't wait to dive in, and of course I'll tell you all about it!

Trent Reedy

Trent was one of six featured authors at a Scholastic event I attended lat week. I believe he was the fifth one to speak, and by then the free margaritas were making me a little drowsy. He came along just in time to wake me up with a very entertaining presentation! He took on the personality of Hank McGrew, a country music singer that a character in his book idolizes, and sang for us. And because you know I love history, I'm excited to read his current and next novels, Divided We Fall and If You're Reading This.

Divided We Fall is his current novel. Here's the summary: Danny Wright never thought he'd be the man to bring down the United States of America. In fact, he enlisted in the National Guard because he wanted to serve his country the way his father did. When the Guard is called up on the Idaho governor's orders to police a protest in Boise, it seems like a routine crowd-control mission ... but then Danny's gun misfires, spooking the other soldiers and the already fractious crowd, and by the time the smoke clears, twelve people are dead.

The president wants the soldiers arrested. The governor swears to protect them. And as tensions build on both sides, the conflict slowly escalates toward the unthinkable: a second American civil war.

I also got an advanced copy of If You're Reading This.

Summary: Mike was seven when his father was killed in mysterious circumstances in Afghanistan. Eight years later, the family still hasn't recovered: Mike's mom is overworked and overprotective; his younger sister Mary feels no connection to the father she barely remembers; and in his quest to be "the man of the family," Mike knows he's missing out on everyday high school life.

Then, out of the blue, Mike receives a letter from his father -- the first of a series Dad wrote in Afghanistan, just in case he didn't come home, meant to share some wisdom with his son on the eve of Mike's 16th birthday. As the letters come in, Mike revels in spending time with his dad again, and takes his encouragement to try new things -- to go out for the football team, and ask out the beautiful Isma. But who's been keeping the letters all these years? And how did Dad actually die? As the answers to these mysteries are revealed, Mike and his family find a way to heal and move forward at last.

I'll tell you more about these awesome reads as I make my way through them!

Next Monday, I'll tell you about my meeting with Laurie Halse Anderson and give away some autographed copies of her books!

Linking up with It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Peek At My Week ~ Closing Out the School Year!

Say what? That's right! It's time to start thinking about wrapping it up for the school year! Testing is finished in my district and Spring Break starts this Friday! Once school is back in session, we only have a few weeks before finals start in mid-May! Woah!

I have mentioned before that I like to schedule literature circles for my 6th and 7th graders and back them right up to finals review time. I know how antsy the students are going to be and during this time of the year I do *NOT* want to be teaching boring stuff and just coasting through like so many other teachers will be doing. I save my BEST stuff for last!

If you're thinking about trying literature circles, I revised mine to make them interactive and you can check out that blog post here.

To celebrate Earth Day, I use the movie Wall-E to review various literature concepts I've taught this year and to incite discussions about taking care of our Earth. If you haven't seen this Disney movie, you're missing out! And Earth Day is the perfect time to launch into a genre study of science fiction with both Wall-E and "All Summer in a Day." My kids LOVE this unit and it keeps me from working too hard (ha!) while being both rigorous and entertaining for the students!

For my 8th grade students, I always make sure to spend the last few weeks of school preparing them for their 9th grade summer reading assignment. About 95% of my 8th graders will go on to the Catholic high school in my city, and their summer reading assignment always involves annotating a book. I get a copy of that assignment every year and then run a simulation with my students so that they are well prepared to carry out that assignment independently. Last year they were required to read Animal Farm and I'm so glad I was able to prepare them for that so that they didn't read the book thinking it was just about a bunch of farm animals. I use Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry for annotating because of the awesome imagery, figurative language, and character development. I'll post a more detailed overview of what exactly we annotate in the next couple of weeks.

I hope to get my Monday reading post up in time to show you some of the books I learned about at TXLA last week!

Monday, April 7, 2014

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Good Monday morning! It's the start of what's sure to be an extra awesome week! I get to spend a couple of days later this week at what my husband and kids call my "Book Fair," a.k.a. the Texas Library Association Conference. What could be better than a couple of days of author-led sessions, publisher-sponsored lunches, brunches, breakfasts, and dinners (featuring various YA authors), and of course, BOOKS galore! It's my chance to really keep up with what's happening and what's coming in the world of middle grades and young adult literature so that I can bring all of that back to my students and push, push, push those books!

In gearing up to meet one of my favorite YA authors, Laurie Halse Anderson (ooh there are so many favorite authors!) I've been reading a lot of her stuff lately. I recently finished The Impossible Knife of Memory.

I definitely enjoyed this book from a self-indulgent-ME perspective, but the middle school teacher in me knows that this isn't a book I can put on my shelf at school. It's really, really heavy. That being said, I do plan to keep a copy in case I come across the right 8th grader for it. You know, the kind with a mother who won't be waiting for me in the parking lot after school to "discuss" the book I lent her daughter.

If you're censoring for sex, then this book passes that one. The only real mention of sex is the protagonist's decision NOT to do it, so SCORE on that front. But the book is really about a high school senior without a mother whose father is experiencing severe PTSD from the war in Iraq and she's trying to hold it all together. I enjoyed the book, and it touches on some very serious topics - and ends well enough. If you've got an older female student who enjoys edgy realistic fiction chick-flicks, then this is the book for her.

I'm also reading one of Anderson's older books and hope to finish it by tomorrow. It's Wintergirls.

Wow. If the first book should come with a warning label, then this book probably needs to be wrapped in yellow caution tape! Once again, it definitely passes the sex-censorship test, as these girls are far too obsessed with their weight to worry about boys. Two best friends - one is anorexic, one is bulimic - and one turns up dead in a motel room at the beginning of the book. Of course, it turns out that she died as a result of complications due to bulimia (mixed with other things). But the protagonist, Leah, isn't a puker - which is why she's anorexic. She's struggling to keep her weight down after being discharged from a facility that supposedly healed her anorexia. She's obsessed with food and the drive to stay as thin as possible (thinner, actually). I won't be stocking this book because I just don't want to GO there, and I'm really not sure WHO I think should read this book. Maybe, mothers of teenage daughters with eating disorders...? To catch a glimpse into their minds...? Again, another self-indulgent-ME read, but not one I want to fork over to any 14 year old girls. Way too serious, and way too personal. At least in The Impossible Knife of Memory, it was her father who had the real problem.

Annnd since it looks like Laurie Halse Anderson Day here, I can't NOT tell you about my absolute FAVORITE Laurie Halse Anderson book.


This book scared. the. ever. living. daylights. outta. me.  Forserious.

First of all, leave this book off of your shelf if you teach middle school. High school - you're probably fine.

You absolutely MUST go out and buy this book TODAY and read it if you are a mother of sons. I have 3 sons, and this book really lays out those really hard lessons which we must teach our sons.

I read this book twice back to back when I first found out about it. Then, I read it again earlier this school year when I decided the time was right to give it to my now 13-year-old son. He's at the age where he wants to go places with his friends - in mixed company - and he needs to know the nitty gritty. He needs to know exactly the ways that girls can (AND WILL! ) ruin his life.

I know.. easy for me to say because I don't have any daughters. Mothers of daughters have to worry about their daughters getting pregnant, or kidnapped, raped, murdered, going missing, or getting caught up with a bad boy.

We mothers of boys must worry about our wonderful, wholesome, sweet sons getting mistaken for one of those bad boys. Because it can happen so easily! Am I a paranoid mother? You betcha. I was a teenage girl once! Girls can be conniving little you-know-whats! Oh, back to the book.

Tyler Miller is a high school senior who got in big legal trouble when he pulled off a prank. He really, really is a good kid, and that's evident through the book. But his family has serious problems, and his dad never listens to him. His dad expects too much, puts too much pressure on him, and Tyler's just trying to survive high school.

He is in love (or lust, for sure) with Brittany, the daughter of his dad's boss. He has pretty descriptive daydreams about her - probably realistic, not THAT dirty, but not innocent either - and she's finally giving him the light of day this year because 1) he's really filled out this year and looks like a man, and 2) now he has a reputation as a bad boy. But, Tyler really isn't a bad boy. He ends up with Brittany at a party where she is VERY drunk. He's a perfect gentleman (so much so that it angers drunk Brittany). Later, some x-rated photos of Brittany are posted online, and guess who's suspected? That's right. Perfect gentleman, Tyler.

The book helped convince my own Tyler that girls really are the devil and can get you into some serious trouble. Also, it's *really* high interest. No boy I know couldn't get through the whole book.

So, if you're a mother - or a future mother - grab this book ASAP and share it with the young men in your life when the time is right. You'll really enjoy the book - it would definitely make my all time Top 5! The audiobook is really well done, too, if that's your thing.

Linking up with It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Winners & New Hard Copies!

Thanks so much to all of you who played the lucky number game to win my newest product!

Two of you guessed correctly, so I'll send it to both of you!

It's 13. No good explanation or fun story though... just 13! So if your pager goes off and you see a number followed by *13, you'll know who it is. :D

Since two of you guest 13, I'll be emailing out two copies. Jennifer L- I've got your email. Rebecca G, please email me (use the icon at the top of the page) and I'll send your copy as well.

I also wanted to let you know that I posted a hard copy edition of my Interactive Research Papers. I had to order them in full color because of the nature of the product, which was very expensive, so I don't plan to keep those in stock. There's a limited quantity, and once they're gone - they're gone! The cost covers a full color notebook and free 2-3 Day Priority shipping.

Have a great Friday!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thursday Throw Down: Informational Text Close Reading & Interactive Literature Circles

Hey y'all! Thanks for coming by for Thursday Throw Down!

Today I'm going to have to cheat a little bit, as I over-committed myself. I scheduled myself to post today on the Literacy Land collaborative board, so you'll have to jump over there to read my updated post on running literature circles in my classroom.

But before you do that, I'd love to show you something I've been working on ALL YEAR LONG.

I plan to post it later tonight, but for now, you can win it before you buy it!

Here's how you can win a copy. Simply comment below and guess my lucky number. How does a 30-something year old get a lucky number? Well, it was my pager code. Some of you know exactly what I'm talking about! It's more than 1 but less than 50, and the first person to guess it will win a copy before you can buy a copy.

Don't forget to read today's *real* Thursday Throw Down post on the Literacy Land collaborative blog before you link up your own post about gettin' interactive! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tomorrow is Thursday Throw Down!

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is the first Thursday of April so I'll be holding my Thursday Throw Down linky party here. Link up your blog post about any ways that you make learning more interactive for your students. See y'all tomorrow!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Has Sprung: Close Reading Poetry Walkthrough With The Highwayman!

Hello Friends! I'm participating in the Spring Has Sprung Poetry Blog Hop that's being hosted by Rebecca at Line Upon Line Learning.

I've had several questions related to close reading with poetry, so I decided to post a complete lesson walkthrough. I'll provide everything you need to teach this poem, so be sure to find those files near the end of this post.

OK. If I'm talking to you, I'll leave the text black. I'm also posting the question and answer flow, so I'll put those questions in blue and the answers you want to get in red.

Prerequisites: Students should be familiar with figurative language and know some specific poetry terms. I included those in case you don't have my Interactive Poetry Notebook.

I like to start with a cold read, but having my students sit at their desks (or worse, go home) and read this entire poem would be pointless. They'd be so lost and bored less than halfway through it, the only thing I'd accomplish is LOSING their interest before I even started the lesson!

So, for this cold read, I'm only going to ask them to read ONLY the first page, which includes the first 3 stanzas. That's just enough to get them talking and thinking before they get too confused and lost. I'm going to put them into groups for this because I don't want my lower (or unmotivated) students just *sitting* there if they are stumped or confused.

Now, I'll be around the room letting students know if they need to reconsider one. We'll do this for 15 minutes and then regroup. We will NOT go over this sheet line-by-line. Instead, I'll infuse these questions into the lesson when we get to that section of the poem and call on lower students who I know have the right answer on their paper and might not otherwise participate.

Still, here are the quick answers for you.
1. The Highwayman's clothes are very fancy. The poem reads "they fitted with never a wrinkle," meaning his clothes were always nice and smooth and not wrinkled. The poem also reads "he rode with a jeweled twinkle."
2. clattered, clashed, whip, whistle
3. dark red = love, blood; foreshadowing = a love story; someone's hurt/bleeding or dying
4. "And the highway man came riding - riding - riding - The highwayman came riding."
5. There are 3 metaphors, one in each of the first three lines of the poem.
6. yard, barred, there, hair; all are complete rhymes

Now that we've reviewed terms and done a cold read activity, we're ready to rock n' roll with the close read with annotations. My students already know the color code for annotating figurative language, so all we need to do in order to identify something is underline it in the proper color. This key is in their notebooks and on my wall in the form of color-coded posters. Blue is always metaphor; red is simile; purple is alliteration; brown is consonance here (sometimes allusion); orange is onomatopoeia; green is personification; yellow is hyperbole.

I'll go through this just like with my students, one stanza at a time. Before we move onto the next stanza, students have had to reread the stanza several times to answer questions. Oh, and during a lesson like this, I'm going to use the cold-call method. That means I'll call on random students regardless of who has their hand up or not.

What can you tell me about the first three lines? They are metaphors.
Blue=metaphor. Here we discuss what each metaphor means.
What is the refrain in the first stanza? The highwayman came riding - Riding - riding - The highwayman came riding...
Look at each end rhyme. Are they complete or partial rhymes? Both are complete rhymes.

Let's switch gears. This is a narrative poem. What does that mean? A narrative poem has a plot, setting, and characters. 

From a narrative perspective, what is the PURPOSE of the first stanza? What does the author do here?
The author establishes the setting with the three metaphors and the first three lines. Then, the author introduces the main character, the highwayman.

Let's stay in narrative mode for a minute. What does this second stanza accomplish? It describes the main character. What do you learn about the main character? His clothes are very fancy. He even twinkles. He must be rich.
Here we point out the alliteration and consonance. I originally picked out the two alliterations (purple) but a student pointed out that coat, claret, velvet, all ended in /t/, so that was consonance. He was right, so we double-dipped. I like to point out how that alliteration and consonance really add to the rhythm of that line. I make my students say it a few times with rhythm and force.

 More alliteration and onomatopoeia to get out of the way here before we can get to the good stuff.
Let's think about what we have so far. We have a fancy-dressed, wealthy guy on a horse riding into town to see the landlord's daughter. Think about in stories and in movies... when someone has a daughter, be it the farmer or the KING or whomever, what type of storyline are we going to see? Someone is in love with the daughter. This is a love story! The highwayman and the landlord's daughter...
Let's look at dark red. That color symbolizes...? Love! That one's obvious. Also... blood! and death! 

OK.. so here's what we have so far. A wealthy guy, the landlord's daughter, and foreshadowing of love and/or death. Sound like a good story? YES!

At this point I've got them. They're all interested. Some of them are salivating at the mouth for more. OK.. so maybe not quite.. ;) But they're definitely into it, only three stanzas into a LONG poem!

Narrative mode.. what (or who?) do we have here?! A new character! Tim the ostler. How does the author describe Tim? "His eyes were hollows of madness; his hair like mouldy hay."
Look at the metaphor and simile. Are those good connotations or bad connotations? Definitely bad! The author does not show Tim in a good light. He's either angry or crazy and his hair is yucky.
Oh! Oh! What does he have to do with the landlord's daughter? He loves her! What do we have here? A love triangle! YEP! 
IF you were Bess, which man would you love, based on the author's descriptions so far?  Definitely the highwayman. He's rich and looks nice. Not like yucky Tim! 
What's Tim doing? Eavesdropping on Tim and Bess! (the robber is the highwayman)
Oh, it isn't an accident that the author calls Bess "the landlord's red-lipped daughter" - what do we have here? The color red! Again.

It's important to point out that in the previous stanza, the author is getting ready to tell  us what Tim overhears the highwayman saying to Bess. Because understanding this stanza is CRUCIAL to comprehending all of the events that follow, I make my students write a quick summary on a post-it note. Here's an example: 
"One kiss, my love, I'm going to rob someone tonight. I'll be back with their gold before the sun comes up. But if there's trouble, I'm going to wait until dark to come see you. NOTHING will stop me from coming to see you tomorrow night."

Here we discuss the implied metaphor of her hair. Also, the fact that he's kissing her hair (ewwww my kids say) and off he goes to get his prize!

That's the end of Part 1. If I'm lucky, we've gotten through Part 1 on the first day of the lesson, but usually I'll have a stanza or two left in Part 1. The students are left hanging, and I love seeing their excitement the next day at finishing the poem. That's why I love teaching this poem so much - it's their reaction to it!

Now, for Part 2 (aka Day 2) we aren't going to keep on with the really close reading. Why? There's still good stuff in there, but reading it TOO slowly takes away from the excitement of it all. So we won't analyze quite as much. Here, we'll discuss briefly the figurative language that's underlined (see color key in intro if needed) and I have my students paraphrase the poem line-by-line. They're actually *excited* to do this!

The highway man didn't show at sunrise, noon, or sunset. Who came at sunset? The redcoats! What could this mean?

They drank the landlord's beer, then gagged and bound Bess to the foot of her bed. She looked out the window at the road where the highwayman would return to find her.
 When did he tell her he'd come if there were trouble? At night. What will happen to the highwayman when he comes to get Bess? They'll murder him. OR They'll capture him. Either way, it isn't good! 

They are calling the highwayman the dead man because he'll be dead once he arrives. Bess is the bait and they are picking at her and teasing her. She's remembering what he told her.

She's writhed out enough that she has her finger on the trigger. Why? What is she planning? Important, there are finally some partial rhymes here!

 She doesn't want the soldiers to know she can reach the trigger, so she pretends not to. It's time for the highwayman to come!
What is her love's refrain? The sound of the horses hooves.. tlot, tlot, tlot..

Lots of sound devices and figurative language in this one. Suspense! Feel the suspense!

What did she do? She killed herself! Why? To warn the highwayman! Warn him of what? The redcoats.

When the highwayman hears the shot ring out, he has no idea who has been shot, but he knows there's trouble, so he turns and rides away. Not until the next morning does he learn that it was Bess who died from the gunshot.

He rushed back to see Bess. The redcoats were still there, and they shot the highwayman "like a dog" and he lay in his blood. What's so important here? Blood-red! Wine-red! It's that RED again!

According to these last two stanzas, the highwayman still visits Bess, even in death. This shows that their love is eternal and it is so strong that even death cannot keep these two apart.

And once again.. it's the color RED mentioned!

Ah! Thanks for making it to the end. Click below to download my Highwayman Unit. It isn't fancy at all - just plain text word documents so that you can fix and edit it how you like.

Here's what's included:

  • Typed poem sized for students to glue into interactive notebooks to annotate over
  • Vocabulary words
  • Group questions (cold read)
  • Quiz

And, be sure to check out dozens more poetry lessons in my Interactive Poetry Notebook!

Here's the next stop in the poetry hop: Reading and Writing Redhead