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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the STAAR English II: Test Prep & Practice course
- STAAR English II: Vocabulary Acquisition & Use
- STAAR English II: Analyzing Texts
- STAAR English II: Drama
- STAAR English II: Prose Fiction
- STAAR English II: Nonfictional Prose
- STAAR English II: Sensory Language
- STAAR English II: Media Literacy
- STAAR English II: Reading Informational Texts
- STAAR English II: Reading Persuasive & Technical Texts
- STAAR English II: The Writing Process
- STAAR English II: Writing Expository Texts
- STAAR English II: Writing Persuasive Texts
- STAAR English II: Grammar & Parts of Speech
- STAAR English II: Punctuation & Spelling
- About the STARR Tests
- STAAR English II Flashcards