- Do a full page of think-writing about what this poem means and what the poet’s deepest message is. This should take 10 – 15 minutes only.
- Write your idea of the poem’s theme in a sentence across the top of a blank page.
- Beneath the theme make a list of all the poetic devices used in the poem. Try to find imagery, figurative devices, sound patterns, and structural elements.
- Find examples of these in the poem and note them clearly on your list.
- Highlight the ones that most support the theme.
- Prepare an essay outline, choosing the best points from your list.
- Write an introduction.
- Make sure you have a clear and correctly formulated thesis statement at the end of the introduction.
- 5 marks: think-writing and theme
- 5 marks: brainstorm list and outline
- 5 marks: introduction with thesis statement