Juniors: Exploring Feminism in Poetry

This week, students will continue their poetry unit with a different thematic study. Last week, we looked at the Harlem Renaissance and African American culture. This week, we will study feminism throughout history. On Monday, we will look at art, music, and poetry in order to define the issues of feminism that were still present during the late 19th century and early 20th century. Throughout the week, we will be reading and studying poets such as Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, and Maya Angelou. Students will ultimately begin looking at how figurative language shapes tone and theme. On Tuesday, students will write a comparison paragraph between two poems in order to demonstrate their understanding of the effect of figurative language devices. On Thursday and Friday, students will study how theatrical devices can create a similar effect and eventually produce their own poetry.

Parents, how can you help?

  • Engage your child in a discussion about feminism. Where was feminism when you in high school? Where is the movement today? This will provide your child with some idea of how feminism has quickly changed and progressed over the recent decades and how today, it continues to advance quickly. What issues are still left to be resolved? These initial conversations will assist your child in understanding the context of the movement, and ultimately, lead your child to understand how figurative language examples in each poem help to discuss the accomplishments and issues of feminism throughout the past and today.