In this post, I will walk you through how I close read poetry with students.
When close reading a poem with students, before we read, I like students to label stanzas, verses, and sometimes even rhyme scheme.
Check this post for a great annotation bookmark students can use as a reminder!) Sometimes I read it aloud to them during the first read, sometimes I want them to read it alone. It depends on how much I anticipate that they might struggle with it (I don't want them to struggle TOO much, but a little is good). With this poem, I'd say most students 4th grade and up could read it alone.
With this poem, I'd be sure to really talk about the word choice of the poet to show Ann's fear as well as the mother's feelings. We will also talk in detail about the lesson Ann's mother is trying to teach her.
The poem you've seen in this post is a freebie in my store! :)
**Fun fact to share with your students: Jane Taylor also wrote Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!**
You can also get the full pack to give you a poem for every month of the year!