A fairly easy instructional strategy to use with a poem is to read a poem and ask students to answer four questions, individually, in a group, or as a class:
- What do you think the poet was trying to share by writing the poem?
- What emotions are felt when the poem is read?
- What are three key words, phrases, or ideas in the poem. Be ready to explain why you believe your choices are key.
- Use your three words, phrases, or ideas to write a summary about the poem.
Choral reading samples
Early writing in America 900 BCE
Maybe first American poem... It is thought to be a poem as the images repeat in a pattern similar to the pattern of Mesoamerican poetic couplets. Scientific American July 2015