As part of a formative assessment, your students were presented with a short poem, and given 15 minutes to analyze it to determine the speaker. Here is the point and some subsequent student responses:
I am valued by men, fetched from afar, Gleaned on the hill-slopes, gathered in groves,
In dale and on down. All day through the air, Wings bore me aloft, and brought me with cunning
Safe under roof. Men steeped me in vats. Now I have power to pummel and bind,
To cast to the earth, old man and young. Soon he shall find who reaches to seize me,
Pits force against force, that he's flat on the ground, Stripped of his strength if he cease not his folly,
Loud in his speech, but of power despoiled To manage his mind, his hands or his feet.
Now ask me my name, who can bind men on earth, And lay fools low in the light of day.
Task: You will have 15 minutes to analyze the poem to determine the speaker. In your discussion, you must:
1) Identify any words you do not know and explain how looking them up helped you understand the poem better.
2) Identify at least (1) literary device, and explain how the device impacts the tone/meaning of the poem.
3) Cite textual evidence, and explain how the evidence cited guides your understanding.
Hint: If you are not writing at least a paragraph or two, you likely are not close reading and fully analyzing the poem.