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Ch 3: STAAR English II: Poetry

About This Chapter

The lessons in this chapter are were designed as preparation for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) English II test. This information will help you answer test questions on the subject of poetry.

STAAR English II: Poetry - Chapter Summary

Our instructors have put together this series of simple, informative lessons about poetry. They will help you in being able to answer questions on the STAAR English II test about such topics as:

  • Elements of poetry
  • Stanzas and rhyme schemes
  • ABAB, slant and end rhyme schemes
  • Meaning and form in poetry
  • Rhymes, sounds and graphic elements of poetry
  • Scansion in poetry

Lessons use a text or video format, and can generally be completed within 5-10 minutes. Videos come with a written transcript, and both text and videos include a self-assessment quiz. A handy timeline tool allows you to go directly to any spot in the video lessons for quick review. We also offer a feature in which you can ask a question directly of the instructor.

11 Lessons in Chapter 3: STAAR English II: Poetry
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Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples

1. Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples

This lesson will introduce the formal qualities of poetry and the ways that it differs from prose. Among other things, we'll consider meter, rhyme schemes, stanzas, and popular poetic forms.

What is a Stanza in Poetry? - Definition & Examples

2. What is a Stanza in Poetry? - Definition & Examples

Want to find out what poems and houses have in common? In this lesson, we'll explore the 'rooms' that stanzas create in poetry, drawing on examples from Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Frost, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Elizabeth Bishop, and Lord Byron.

What is a Rhyme Scheme? - Definition & Examples

3. What is a Rhyme Scheme? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will examine the topic of rhyme scheme in poetry. Rhyme scheme is a poet's strategy of choosing which lines in poetry will rhyme with each other. Rhyme scheme is purposeful on the poet's part, and it takes skill to achieve.

Poems with ABAB Rhyme Scheme: Examples & Definition

4. Poems with ABAB Rhyme Scheme: Examples & Definition

In this lesson, we will delve into the wonderful world of poetry. Specifically, we will analyze poems with the ABAB rhyme scheme. After a few examples, we will analyze how poets implement this type of rhyme scheme to create memorable poems. We will conclude our lesson with a brief quiz.

Slant Rhyme in Poetry: Definition & Examples

5. Slant Rhyme in Poetry: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll explore slant rhymes, which are sometimes called half rhymes or near rhymes. After we look at a formal definition and some examples of slant rhyme, there is a short self-assessment quiz that you can take.

End Rhyme in Poetry: Definition & Examples

6. End Rhyme in Poetry: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will define end rhyme. We will also cover why some poets and songwriters choose to use it. Then we will identify examples of end rhyme by looking at stanzas from classic poems and from a popular nursery rhyme.

Form & Meaning in Poetry

7. Form & Meaning in Poetry

In this lesson, we will explore how form and content combine to create meaning in poetry. Along the way, we will examine the components of poetic form and content and define poetic meaning.

Identifying Forms in American Poetry

8. Identifying Forms in American Poetry

There is more to poetry than symbolism and imagery. This lesson will help you figure out meter and rhyme schemes in poetry, with some classic American poems as examples.

Elements of Poetry: Rhymes & Sounds

9. Elements of Poetry: Rhymes & Sounds

Many poems rhyme, but there is often more going on in terms of the sounds of the words than just what happens at the ends of the lines. This lesson explores some of the nuances of rhyme and sound in poetry.

Scansion in Poetry: Definition & Examples

10. Scansion in Poetry: Definition & Examples

Usually, it's pretty easy to hear the rhythm in poetry, but describing that rhythm is another matter entirely. In this lesson, we'll explore the process of scansion, which allows us to break down the rhythm of poetry using visual clues.

Graphic Elements of Poetry & Their Influence

11. Graphic Elements of Poetry & Their Influence

Grabbing people's attention with visuals is something that is common in television and advertising, but did you know poets use visuals to grab the reader's attention as well? This lesson will discuss various ways that poets do this, as well as how these graphic elements affect a poem's meaning and emphasis.

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