Monday, April 9, 2012

Discussion Questions about How We Connect with the Poem

Some poems particularly lend themselves to making personal connections with our own lives and stories. Here are question prompts that invite young people to think about the poem in relation to their own life experiences. Again, only 2-3 questions (don’t use ALL at once please) can prompt a lively and thoughtful discussion after reading and sharing a poem, particularly narrative poems.

The list begins:

1. What does the poet say to you in this poem? Why do you think the poet said that?

2. Does this poem remind you of anything you know about?

3. How are the people in this poem like people you know? Or not like people you know?

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