Lyric Poetry

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Discover lyric poetry through a reading of Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar and analyze its meaning with three short-answer questions covering symbolism, personification, alliteration, metaphors, and similes. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Invite scholars to create their own lyric poem and share with the class
  • Create posters to define bold words from the worksheet that pupils can reference before, during, and after the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Copies are required
  • Scholars should be familiar with the following terms; lyric poetry, musical devices, symbol, personified, alliteration, metaphor, and simile
  • Read through the example lyric poem to measure its appropriateness for your class
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  • Definitions for more challenging words are provided at the bottom of the page 
  • Plenty of space is given for short answers
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