Welcome to my new meme: Field Note Friday! Each week I will attempt document some small lesson or activity that I have done in my classroom, usually just one small snippet of the entire lesson cycle.
This week, my students and I read “A Hymn to Childhood” by Li-Young Lee. I wanted to introduce them to Lee’s work and get them ready to analyze his poem “A Story,” which appeared on the AP Literature exam in 2011.
This was a more difficult poem than the few we read previously in class, but I was curious to see what they could do with it. Part of working with my students on poetry is simply building their confidence.
After examining the literary techniques in small groups, I asked each student to write a one sentence response to the following question: “What is one thing Li-Young Lee is saying about childhood in this poem?” Notice that I don’t ask “What is this poem about?” I am simply asking them to identify one insight the poem is offering.
I thought they did pretty well. Here are pictures of their responses: