Grade 10- How to Structure your Poetry Commentaries

Grade 10- How to Structure your Poetry Commentaries

Click on the link (title) above. Here is a site that provides helpful suggestions on how to structure your poetry commentaries. Pay particular attention to how the writer formulates his thesis, focusing on how the poet uses poetic devices to create the meaning of the poem. Use this as study material for your exam on Monday but remember, there is more than just one way to organize your essay. Good luck studying!


Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Grade 8 students will begin reading George Orwell’s famous satirical novel, Animal Farm. We will study elements of a satire not only in the novel but in contemporary media, sometimes even analyzing satire in television series’ such as Saturday Night Live and The Colbert Report. By the end of the unit, students will understand how comedy and humor are used in satire to communicate larger ideas or criticisms about issues in society.

Gothic Literature-Dracula: The Graphic Novel and Edgar Allan Poe’s poetry

Gothic Literature-Dracula: The Graphic Novel and Edgar Allan Poe's poetry

In this unit, we will be studying Gothic literature. We will look at Gothic elements through the reading of Dracula: The Graphic Novel, as we also study elements of a graphic novel. We will also study the poetry of American Gothic poet, Edgar Allan Poe. During this unit, students will learn about poetic devices, how to identify them within a poem, and present a higher-level analysis of the work. We will look at what makes Gothic literature so enticing and it’s large influence on modern literature and film.

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

In Grade 7, we are studying elements of the graphic novel through the reading of American Born Chinese, a great story following the lives of three characters, all facing the same issues of identity and wanting to be accepted by their peers. The novel will help us to think about a lot of important themes like prejudice, stereotypes, friendships, and heritage. I’m sure it will be a very engaging novel in such a diverse and multicultural school!

Grade 10- How to write a body paragraph for a commentary

So, you should all be familiar with the PEE format for body paragraphs. First, start off with a point. Next, use an example from the text. Finally, give an explanation showing the connection between your point and example. But to help you gain a better sense of what this actually looks like, I’ve provided an example in the link below. It uses different terminology such as thesis statement, concrete details, and commentary, but it is the same exact principle. The example is for the play, The Crucible, but the point is to use it as a format for your own commentary body paragraphs. If you use this format, you’ll greatly improve your essays in no time!

Grade 8-Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

We have just begun our unit on Romeo and Juliet and you should have finished reading Act 1, scene 1 for homework. Here’s the clip from the original 1968 film version. It’s a lot more exciting than just reading the stage directions “they fight”. Why do you think Shakespeare wanted to start off his play with a big fight?