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Reading Poetry in the Middle Grades (eBook)

CCSS Exemplar Poems and Lessons

By Paul B. Janeczko
Foreword by Georgia Heard

This ebook-only extension of Reading Poetry in the Middle Grads: 20 Poems and Activities That Meet the Common Core Standards and Cultivate a Passion for Poetry extends the work with scaffolding students need to read and understand five of the exemplar poems in the CCSS for grades 5–9.

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Poetry can be intimidating for both students and teachers; many of the “classics” even more so. In Reading Poetry in the Middle Grades: CCSS Exemplar Poems and Lessons, celebrated poet and anthologist Paul Janeczko provides the scaffolding students need to read and understand five of the poems listed in the CCSS for grades 5-9:

Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman
The Railway Train by Emily Dickinson
The Song of the Wandering Aengus by William Butler Yeats
I, Too, Sing America by Langston Hughes
Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare

These exemplar poems, challenging because of their vocabulary, unfamiliar contexts, literary references, and syntax, are accompanied by engaging lessons, background information, and links to online resources that help students understand them.  This ebook extension of Janeczko’s bestselling Reading Poetry in the Middle Grades: 20 Poems and Activities That Meet the Common Core Standards and Cultivate a Passion for Poetry will lift students’ confidence, help them to see appreciate and enjoy challenging poetry, and prepare them to face the poetry on the CCSS assessment.

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