Ch 13: Poetry for 9th Grade Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Poetry for 9th Grade chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about famous poets and their well-known works in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Poetry for 9th Grade chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Shakespeare's sonnets Poetic structure of the sonnet, meter and rhyme, major sonnets of William Shakespeare
Tuesday Edmund Spenser and Ben Jonson Spenser's 'The Faerie Queen', Spenser's sonnets, Jonson's works (including poetry)
Wednesday Glossary of poetry Key vocabulary necessary for talking and writing about poetry
Thursday Longfellow and Poe Summary and analysis of the works of American poets Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Edgar Allan Poe
Friday Dickinson and Housman Analysis of Emily Dickinson's poems, the life of A.E. Housman, survey of Housman's work

8 Lessons in Chapter 13: Poetry for 9th Grade Lesson Plans
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A.E. Housman: Biography & Poems

1. A.E. Housman: Biography & Poems

Although A.E. Housman was pretty antisocial and pessimistic, he became a successful scholar and poet who was known for his lyrical poetry. Learn more about this interesting man's background and work in this lesson.

Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven: Summary and Analysis

2. Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven: Summary and Analysis

This video introduces Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven.' Through Poe's use of poetic devices and dark Romantic characteristics, he is able to achieve the 'unity of effect' to appeal to critics and the masses both during his time and even still today.

Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis

3. Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis

Emily Dickinson was a well-known poet of the mid-1800s whose numerous works have stood the test of time. But what in the world did her poems really mean? In this video, we'll explore one of her most recognized pieces and analyze its meaning and purpose.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

4. Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

Before you start your study of poetry, you'll want to have these technical, literary and genre terms at your disposal. Read on to learn the basics of analyzing poetry!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poem Analysis

5. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poem Analysis

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was known as a fireside poet because his poems were read by the fire as a means of entertainment. Learn about how he created American history through the use of musical elements, like rhythm and rhyme scheme.

Introduction to Ben Jonson: Poems, Plays and Shakespeare

6. Introduction to Ben Jonson: Poems, Plays and Shakespeare

To a great deal of people, for a great deal of time, English playwright and poet Ben Jonson was known merely as a rival (and inferior) to William Shakespeare. But there's more to the story than that! Watch our video lesson to get the skinny on Jonson's life and work.

Introduction to Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene and Sonnets

7. Introduction to Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene and Sonnets

Edmund Spenser is one of the key figures in the English Renaissance, and he made his name mostly by writing about dragons and knights. Pretty cool, right? Watch this video to learn about this important author and his biggest work, The Faerie Queene.

Shakespeare's Sonnets: Reading and Interpreting the Major Poems

8. Shakespeare's Sonnets: Reading and Interpreting the Major Poems

In this video we'll learn about Shakespeare's sonnets, which contain some of his most famous poetry. Shakespeare addresses both a Fair Youth, speculated to be a young earl and patron, and a Dark Lady, whom he describes in frank and unromantic terms. We'll discuss the meter and rhyme scheme of the typical Shakespearean sonnet, as well as the structure of the overall work.

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