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Blank Verse and Iambic Pentameter

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Shakespeare's use of language is the focus of this short PowerPoint. Each of the three slides describes one way he chose to write his plays: in iambic pentameter, and in couplets. The final slide describes a sonnet, which is a lyric poem...
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Poetry Gifts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What kind of shoe is this person? What time of day is this person? Aspiring poets’ responses to a list of questions provide descriptive words and phrases that can be crafted into a blank verse poem. A link to sample poems is provided.
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Poetry Notes

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Break this presentation into two or three days so as not to overwhelm your kids. Fifty-four slides is a lot of slides, but the PowerShow is well-organized, and terms are defined clearly and illustrated in examples provided. A general...
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Types of Poetry

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Introduce a class of creative writers to multiple types of poetry with this visual funfest. It efficiently discusses the different forms of poetry, and provides examples of the meter and rhyme schemes of limericks, haiku, sonnets, Ezra...
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"I am a pirate with a wooden leg": Stomping Iambic Pentameter

For Teachers 7th - 9th
What is blank verse? Iambic pentameter? Meter? Use the attached document to review these ideas with your middle schoolers. This plan has learners get up and stomp to iambic pentameter, which is a fun change from just clapping the meter! 
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A Midsummer Night's Dream Acts 1-2

For Students 9th - 12th
Blank verse, stichomythia, soliloquy, allusion, oxymoron, malaprop? Readers of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will need to know these terms to successfully complete a study guide designed for the first two acts of Shakespeare’s comedy. The...
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Poetry Vocabulary

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Consisting of a thorough and straightforward list of poetry terminology, the first part of this presentation would be a good introduction to a poetry unit, or a review for an upcoming poetry project. The list of terms is quite extensive,...
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"Shakespeare and Star Wars": Lesson Plan Day 2

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Ta DUM, ta DUM, ta DUM, ta DUM, ta DUM. The force will be strong in the hearts of your young Jedi as they use their lightsabers to strike the accentted syllables in lines from Ian Doescher's William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New...
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Meter in Poetry

For Teachers 6th - 8th
A good poem has form and structure built into it. Middle schoolers see that the structure of a poem consists of stanza, form, rhyme, and meter. The structure also contributes to a poem's meaning. After listening to, and discussing, a few...
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Poetic Elements

For Students 9th - 12th
Poetry is all about sound and rhythm. The sound of the words, the rhythm of the lines, and the emotional atmosphere created by these elements and the literary devices poets use, compress whole stories into a few stanzas. The specialized...
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Japanese Poetry: Tanka? You're Welcome!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore tanka, a form of Japanese poetry. They read and analyze tankas to determine the structure and intent, and compose a traditional and a non-traditional tanka.
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Basics of Poetry

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
Poetry is often referred to as compressed speech—compressed because poets choose their words for their sound, as well as their meaning, and carefully arrange these words to create the maximum effect. Introduce class members to...
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Crash Course in Shakespeare

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Introduce kids to Shakespeare with a packet of activities that has kids examine sonnets as well as scenes from various plays. They even get to translate scenes into modern language and then perform their work.
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Distinguishing Between Three Types of Folktales:Fairy Tales, Legends, and Tall Tales

For Teachers 6th
Challenge your class with this lesson comparing literary genres! They compare folktales, fairy tales, legends, and tall tales using this activity which comes with a series of templates and worksheets.  
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Paradise Lost: Identifying Vocabulary

For Teachers 7th - 12th
“The mind is its own place. . .” and Milton’s Paradise Lost is sure to expand the vocabulary (and the minds) of young readers. Assist that growth with an activity that asks individuals to first select and define five unfamiliar words,...
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Japanese Poetry: Tanka? You're Welcome!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners explore the structure and content of the Tanka form and to arrive at a definition of the structure in English. They analyze a tanka to determine its structure and intent and compose two Tanka; one in traditional form and one...
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Queen Elizabeth I

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about Queen Elizabeth I. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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King Henry IV, Part 1 by William Shakespeare

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive reading comprehension activity, students respond to 15 multiple choice questions about Shakespeare's King Henry IV. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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The Language of Shakespeare

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Words, words, words! Any reader of Shakespeare needs to know these words. Tragedy, tragic flaw, sonnet, quatrain, couplet, and meter are all defined in a short, text-heavy presentation. Alas, poor (teacher), few examples are given.
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Standards Focus: Approaching Shakespeare’s Language

For Teachers 7th - 12th
In this Shakespearean language worksheet, students study 9 literary guidelines to help them understand his language and comprehend the reading of his plays better.
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Reading and Study Guide: Julius Caesar Act I

For Students 9th - 12th
In this reading and study guide students define vocabulary and literary terms from Act I of Julius Caesar. Students give examples of literary terms found in the reading and answer comprehension questions.
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Dicey Poetry

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers role cubes prepared with vocabulary and parts of speech on each side. They collect words and create poems from the words collected. They read their poems to the class.

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