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Middle School Poetry Analysis: “The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late”

This 1-time class introduces middle and junior high school students to the basics of poetry analysis as we read together J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Man in the Moon Stayed UP Too Late,” a hilarious retelling of a classic nursery rhyme.
Rebecca Baumgarten, MA
19 total reviews for this teacher
8 reviews for this class
Completed by 29 learners
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45 minutes
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Class Experience

In this class, students will learn to
•	Understand the basics of close reading
•	Identify a poem’s rhyme scheme
•	Identify figurative language like similes, alliteration, and onomatopoeias
•	Explain the concept of intertextuality
I have a Masters in English from Texas A&M University, where I worked for 3 semesters as a graduate assistant teacher. I also have years of experience working with children from freelance tutoring elementary through college students and from volunteering with Girl Scouts and church.
Students should come to class having already read the poem (65 lines).
All students must have a copy of “The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late,” by J.R.R. Tolkien. This poem can be found in The Fellowship of the Ring, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, or on the Tolkien Gateway website.
Assessment is informal, based on class participation.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
The inciting incident of this poem is the Man in the Moon drinking too much of an inn’s excellent beer. The cat with the fiddle is also described as “tipsy.” There is plenty of drinking, but all it makes people do is either fall asleep or dance.
I will share my screen to show PowerPoint slides throughout the class.

This class is based on the following texts:
“The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late,” by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Hey Diddle Diddle,” the nursery rhyme
For further exercise in the skills acquired in this class—and for a rollicking good time—check out the song “The Cat and the Moon” from the Lord of the Rings Musical on YouTube. You won’t be disappointed!


Rebecca Baumgarten, MA
Lives in the United States
The Wonder of Words
19 total reviews
25 completed classes

About Me

My name is Rebecca Baumgarten. I have a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Texas A&M University, focusing on the fiction and scholarship of J.R.R. Tolkien. The class year on my Aggie Ring (2020) is the average of my two graduation years: 2019... 
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