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Scansion Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What in the world is scansion and why is it important to understand? This lesson plan uses a simple but engaging video lesson to explain this method while an activity gives students a chance to use scansion to analyze meter in poetry.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'scansion'
  • identify the elements related to scansion in poetry

Length

  • 1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.1

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.2

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.3

Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper)

Materials

  • A worksheet created using the quiz associated with the video lesson
  • Assorted examples of formal verse poetry
  • Assorted examples of free verse poetry

Key Vocabulary

  • Scansion
  • Meter
  • Metrical feet
  • Iamb
  • Metrical substitution
  • Trochee
  • Dactyl
  • Anapest

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