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NSW Syllabuses

Stage 4 - Activity 2

Responding to Poetry

Description of activity

Students select three poems they have enjoyed from their study of poetry.  The three poems are their recommended selection for a new poetry anthology for Year 7 or 8 students. The three poems should be different types of poems and the selection should demonstrate an understanding of a range of poetic techniques. (The selection may include one poem they have written themselves and two studied in class.) Students write a 200 – 300 word response on each of the three poems. In their response they give reasons why they would recommend the three poems selected.


Students have been involved in a wide reading poetry unit in which they have been taught about poetic form and poetic techniques such as simile and metaphor. In groups they have been asked to identify these forms and techniques and explain their effect in the poems they have studied. As part of this unit students have analysed poems to understand how meaning is shaped and have composed their own poems.


EN4-1A responds to and composes texts for understanding, interpretation, critical analysis, imaginative expression and pleasure
EN4-3B uses and describes language forms, features and structures of texts appropriate to a range of purposes, audiences and contexts
EN4-4B makes effective language choices to creatively shape meaning with accuracy, clarity and coherence

EN4-5C thinks imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically about information, ideas and arguments to respond to and compose texts

Criteria for assessing learning

(These criteria would normally be communicated to students with the activity.)
Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • plan, compose and edit accurate, clear and coherent texts applying knowledge of language conventions and structures of a written response such as:
    •  introduction, elaboration and conclusion
    •  use of evidence from poems to support claims
    • context in order to explain personal response to, and analysis of, the poems consistent and appropriate choices made about language for purpose, audience
  • analyse poems interpretively through:
    • identification of poetic techniques
    • analysis and interpretation of techniques to explain their effects

Graded student work samples - Mid Stage

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Graded student work samples - End Stage

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