Poetry!: Day 142

Today, we began to prepare to read Romeo and Juliet.

1. Do now. Students answered the following on a piece of paper when they entered:

1.What do you want to learn about poetry?
2.Keeping the meaning, rewrite the sentence to be positive:
–You’re fired!
–She dumped her boyfriend.
3.Rewrite these sentences to be negative:
–Our teacher is energetic.
–She wears only vintage clothes.

We reviewed responses as a way to begin discussing the importance of word choice in poems.

2. Notes. Students received this list of key terms: L22: Poetry Key Terms If you were absent, please download this sheet (front and back). The notes we took today are filled in for you.

3. Connotation and Denotation. As we took notes on connotation and denotation, we did a word-association exercise with the synonyms “bony” and “slender.” Students shouted out their connotations with each word to show how diction can affect tone (and therefore interpretation). We also ranked other sets of synonyms in order of how positive the connotations were with each word, 1 being the most positive. If you were gone, you should download this sheet and fill out the front on your own. Then, look at the notes on the back to see what we discussed in class: L23: Connotation and denotation

4. Analysis of “This Is Just to Say.” We read the poem aloud and filled out the tone chart.

5. “This Is Just to Say” on This American Life. Listen to an analysis and some hilarious parodies of the poem here:


(start at 49:30)


HW: Memorize the first four terms on your Poetry Key Terms sheet for Monday after spring break. There will be a brief quiz. (speaker, tone, connotation, denotation)

1st and 2nd period: Revise your Flash Fiction and print off a new copy by Monday.