Many of the new Common Core state requirements for reading expect students to read closely and track the development of specific images, characters, and ideas. For this kind of analysis, I think there is no better practice than the close reading of poems, which is precisely what the explanations and exercises in the file below try to teach.
Poet's Tools: printer-friendly pdf file
"Poet's Tools" contains execises. Please contact me if you would like an answer key for those exercises.
Last change made to this page: Sept. 15, 2011
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