Today we did an overview of how to analyze poetry. If you missed the Prezi it’s located here. The poem we analyzed is below.

Abandoned Farmhouse


He was a big man, says the size of his shoes
on a pile of broken dishes by the house;
a tall man too, says the length of the bed
in an upstairs room; and a good, God-fearing man,
says the Bible with a broken back
on the floor below the window, dusty with sun;
but not a man for farming, say the fields
cluttered with boulders and the leaky barn.
A woman lived with him, says the bedroom wall
papered with lilacs and the kitchen shelves
covered with oilcloth, and they had a child,
says the sandbox made from a tractor tire.
Money was scarce, say the jars of plum preserves
and canned tomatoes sealed in the cellar hole.
And the winters cold, say the rags in the window frames.
It was lonely here, says the narrow country road.
Something went wrong, says the empty house
in the weed-choked yard. Stones in the fields
say he was not a farmer; the still-sealed jars
in the cellar say she left in a nervous haste.
And the child? Its toys are strewn in the yard
like branches after a storm—a rubber cow,
a rusty tractor with a broken plow,
a doll in overalls. Something went wrong, they say.

Ted Kooser, “Abandoned Farmhouse” from Sure Signs: New and Selected Poems. Copyright © 1980 by Ted Kooser.  Reprinted by permission of University of Pittsburgh Press.

Source: Sure Signs: New and Selected Poems (Zoland Books, 1980)

Computer Lab for April 15

3rd, 5th and 6th Periods

  1. Go to this link and take your STAR Test. If you need your log in raise your hand.
  2. When you finish your STAR Test begin working on this week’s vocab located here. 
    • First, find two words that use each prefix and write the definitions for each word on the back of your Word Map handout.
    • Next, choose four of the words you looked up and complete the Vocabulary Word Map handout, make sure you include at least 3 synonyms in the synonym box.
  3. After you’ve turned in your Word Map begin typing your “I Am” poem. For an online copy of the story go here. 

Small Group: After they finish the vocab, a few students will work with either me or Ms. Whaley  on influencing and paraphrasing.

4th Period

  1. Go to this link and take your STAR Test. If you need your log in raise your hand.
  2. In Part Six of The Book Thief Death says, “It was a year for the ages, like 79, like 1346, to name just a few. Forget the scythe, . . . I needed a broom or a mop. And I needed a vacation” (307). Research the years 79, 1346 and 1942. Summarize the important events of each year on a Google Doc , one paragraph per year. Finally, write a paragraph comparing the three years’ events and describing why Death was so busy during those years. What other years might also be used in this comparison?

4th Period Assignment for April 1

  1. Choose two themes we identified in class found in The Book Thief. 
  2. Using  or find a poem that relates to one of the themes you chose.
  3. Go to and create a document.
  4. Your document must include the following:
    1. The two themes and a brief explanation of each theme as it relates to the story.
    2. The text of one poem that relates to your theme and how the
      poem exemplifies the theme.
    3.  A TP-CASTT of  the poem. If you’d like to see a copy of the TP-CASTT handout go this site.