|The Golden Apple Tree by Arthur Rackham (from a book of fairy tales, 1853)|
Note: This post is done in preparation for work I will be doing with literacy coaches in Manhattan.
I. Entering the Literary Text
1. Hearing the Poem
2. Hearing/Reading the Poem
3. Examine the image, The Golden Apple Tree, that is at the top of this post. Tell your partner one or two ways that you can connect the image with the Yeat's poem.
Talk with a partner: How are these performances (audio/video and still image) similar? Different?
II. Dwelling Inside the Poem
4. Visualizing the Text: Slideshare
6. Chorally Performing the Poem: Slideshare
Note: I will audio tape the performances so you have a record.
7. Annotating the Poem
Here are some examples of ways that others have annotated a poem.
Out of the Dusk
Annotating the short story Miss Brill
An annotation of a poem are the marginal notes you make while reading and rereading a poem (or any text). For our work, I have given you a few questions to guide this annotation.
Copy of the poem (You may want to download this to your computer.)
Internet search engine
1. Read the title: Does it offer a clue as to what the text may be about? Go ahead & note what you think.
2. Read the whole poem.
3. Reread the poem, this time with a pen at hand. As you read, talk back to the poem. Here are some questions to guide you.
- Who is the speaker?
- What is the speaker's story? Go ahead a write a line or two in the margin for each stanza about what is happening literally.
- What's the tone of the poem? Does the tone change by stanza? If so, how? Go ahead and make some marginal notes.
- What do you notice about the images you make as you read the poem?
- Are there any patterns you notice? Repetition of words, sounds, phrases, image, motifs?
- Are there lines/stanzas that confuse you? What are you wondering?
- What do you notice about the word choice? Are there words you wonder about and/or don't know? Highlight them and look them up in an on-line dictionary. What are you wondering?
- Notice the structure of the poem--3 stanzas. Why do you think Yeats divided the poem into three stanzas? Look at the notes you made about each stanza.
- What's a big idea this poem suggests? Does the structure of the poem connect with the big idea you cited? If you were going to only say two words in response to this poem, what might they be? Go ahead and place them in your marginal notes.
Review the work you have composed:
- visual renderings of the poem,
- notes you have made in preparation for the choral reading of the poem,
- audio file of choral reading
- poem annotation
by citing evidence from the text. Fashion this work into a paragraph.
Part II. Connecting Our Work to Common Core Standards, Grade 8 (Unpacking the Standards)
- Open this Google Doc of the Common Core Standards for middle school. Looking at the list of standards for grade 8, highlight any you noticed that we attended to during our work with the Yeats's poem.
- Be ready to discuss the Standards we worked on this morning.
1. This retold version by Patrick McCully of Wandering Aengus Mac Og
While lying asleep one evening Angus was visited by a fair maiden of the Faery named Caer Ibormeith. So taken with her beauty was he that when she disappeared as he woke he could think of no other, the thought of being without her caused him to fall ill, in essence... Love Sick.2. This Inquiry Chart.
Angus enlisted the help of Bodb and together they managed to track her to a Loch where she was living with 149 other maidens each in the form of a swan. Each Swan Maiden was bound by a silver chain, which as in all good tales could only be released by true love.
To gain her love Angus transformed himself into a Swan upon which the chain that held his love broke in two therefore freeing her. Reunited with Caer Ibormeith the lovers flew around Loch Bel Dracon three times singing a song so sweet all who heard it fell asleep for three days.
Angus is known in Celtic Lore as a God of Love and with his Swan Maiden they are said to have returned to Bruig na Boinne, otherwise known as New Grange.
3. This Grade 8 ELA Curriculum Aligned to NCTE and Common Core State Standards
4. Grade 8 Units of Study from Common Core Mapping: Units 1 - 6