You’ll love teaching this delightful poem! This lesson guides students through a detailed poetry analysis of Emily Dickinson’s poem “Hope Is the Thing With Feathers.”
After analyzing it, students can write their own poem of hope or a poem about an abstract noun.
Both digital and print versions here, so you’re ready for any classroom setting!
Here’s what you get:
- Author research
- Vocabulary – study and synonym activity
- Paraphrase – line by line
- Paraphrase by stanza
- Examining diction
- Analyzing an extended metaphor
- Bloom’s taxonomy comprehension questions (these can be used as an assessment or for whole-class discussion)
- Literary analysis writing prompt
- Step-by-step directions for writing an original poem of hope
- Step-by-step directions for writing an abstract concept poem
- Answer key
What you’ll love about this literary analysis tool:
- students can relate to this poem
- easy practice for poetry analysis
- students will write their own companion poem — these are great!
- done-for-you and ready to teach!
- print and digital options
- step-by-step instructions
Finished poems can be illustrated and displayed.
You’ll be surprised and delighted by class discussions and the poems your students write. This is a great poem to teach any time of year — and even better? Students will be strengthening their poetry analysis skills by both reading and writing poems.
By middle school, most students are familiar with figurative language like simile and metaphor. This poem offers a great opportunity to review those terms along with the concept of abstract nouns.
Please see the preview to check it out in detail!
This 1861 version of “Hope is the Thing With Feathers” is in the public domain.