In this article, you’ll find all the NoRedInk resources that can help your students develop strong poetry analysis writing skills. You can use NoRedInk to support students with every stage of the writing process, from practicing specific skills to planning, drafting, and revising full poetry analysis essays.
💡 Tip: These resources primarily support students writing about poems. If your students are writing about other texts, check out our resources for Literary Analysis, Rhetorical Analysis, and Compare and Contrast essays.
To help you choose and sequence activities, we’ve organized our resources below according to stages of the writing process:
- Practice activities and interactive tutorials help students master specific poetry analysis writing skills
- Quick Writes allow students to develop their skills with short written exercises
- Pre-writing worksheets help students plan their poetry analysis essays
- Guided Drafts assignments support students as they draft full poetry analysis essays
- Guided Drafts allow you to leave feedback on students’ essays and request revisions
- Self Review supports students as they revise their work independently
Before drafting poetry analysis essays
Assign Practice to help students master poetry analysis writing skills
An engaging way to build or reinforce skills is via mastery-based Practice. Click below to browse the pathways that teach students how to use transitions, how to embed quotations, and more!
💡 Note: Each pathway includes free and Premium topics. Click the links to view the selection of topics in each pathway.
- Body Paragraphs: Transition Words and Phrases
- Embedding Evidence: Mechanics of Quotations
- Conclusion Paragraphs
- Formal and Informal Language
To learn more about Practice on NoRedInk, check out this article.
Use interactive tutorials to pre-teach or review poetry analysis writing skills
NoRedInk's interactive tutorials break writing concepts down into manageable chunks. If you’re preparing students to write an essay, consider assigning an interactive tutorial to give them a primer on the most important elements of strong poetry analysis writing. You can also assign tutorials for specific skills you'd like students to review.
To learn more about how you can use interactive tutorials, see this article.
Click the headers below to browse our poetry analysis writing tutorials!
Writing Poetry Analysis Essays
Sub-skills for Body Paragraphs
Sub-skills for Conclusions
Using Formal Language in Essays
Develop poetry analysis writing skills with Quick Writes
Quick Writes are lightweight exercises that can serve a range of purposes, from developing specific writing skills to preparing for longer assignments. Click here to learn more about Quick Writes.
If you want your students to practice specific writing skills, browse NoRedInk’s skill-building prompts to find prompts to help students work on revising wordiness, using transitions, and more.
If your students are preparing to draft full essays, consider assigning a Quick Write to check they’re on the right track and give them feedback on their ideas. Here are some ideas for Quick Writes you could create to support students with pre-writing:
- Ask students to submit their thesis statement and topic sentences for review
- Have students brainstorm poetic devices that stand out to them in a poem
- Ask students to plan one paragraph, like their first body paragraph
Click here to create your own Quick Write prompt!
Use pre-writing worksheets to help students plan poetry analysis essays
Before students start writing their essays, set them up for success with these pre-writing materials! You can pick and choose the worksheets you think will most help to prepare your students for a Guided Drafts assignment, or use the full set together:
- Reading Closely to Arrive at an Interpretation
- Glossary of Terms to Describe Features of a Poem
- Supports students as they plan out their essay in more detail
Drafting poetry analysis essays
Support students in drafting full essays with Poetry Analysis Guided Drafts
When your students are ready to write full essays, NoRedInk’s Guided Drafts can provide them with scaffolding, exemplars, and tips to help them produce strong writing. Click here to learn more about Guided Drafts.
You can find 10 poems with accompanying prompts in our library of poetry analysis essay prompts. You’ll also find templates for creating your own prompts for other poems. Assign prompts directly from the assignment library.
What students see during a Guided Drafts assignment
Revising poetry analysis essays
Give feedback on Guided Drafts to help students revise
Once students have submitted their essays, you can provide immediate feedback by grading students on each of the rubric items you selected and giving an overall score. You can also leave both general comments and comments on specific parts of students’ essays.
If you want students to incorporate your feedback into their work, you can send the essays back for them to revise based on your comments.
When students revise their Guided Drafts, you will be able to see the previous submissions to check that they understood your feedback and made appropriate changes.
Click here to learn more about giving feedback and requesting revisions on Guided Drafts.