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Poetry Reading, Analysis, and Discussion

In this ongoing class, students will read, analyze, and discuss two poems each week. We will also use the poetic devices we discuss to write our own poems!
Ms. Shannon Johnsen
59 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 13 learners
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Class Experience

We will
- read a variety of poems from different authors.
- learn about poetic elements.
- find meaning in poetry.
- closely examine the language and style of each poem.
- develop an appreciation of poetry.
- express creativity by writing our own poems.
I am a licensed English teacher for students in grades 5-12. I spent 4 years teaching English Language Arts in a public school classroom. This involved reading and analyzing poetry. I recently finished a master's degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Missouri. 
Students will not have homework assigned for this class. 
Students will not need to purchase any book or supplies specific to this course. However, it would be helpful for students to have a notebook and something to write with while attending class.
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Students will be assessed on their discussion of the poem. I would also love to read their poetry to see if they are able to use the elements we discuss. I will not assign a letter grade unless parents specifically request a grade.
45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
The poems that we will read and discuss are primarily classics. They may contain themes of love and death. There may occasionally be a swear word, but that will not be a frequent occurrence. 
We will frequently use poetryfoundation.org. 


Ms. Shannon Johnsen
Lives in the United States
Licensed English Teacher M.Ed. and Zumba Instructor
59 total reviews
133 completed classes

About Me

Hello! My name is Shannon Johnsen, and I am a licensed English teacher for students in grades 5-12. I am passionate about teaching reading and writing skills. I even think grammar is FUN! I love to discuss literature, so I look forward to hearing... 
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