My Last Duchess by Robert Browning Analysis Lesson - Assignments & Presentation
Teach My Last Duchess by Robert Browning with this ready-to-use teaching bundle that includes a presentation, analysis questions, poetry annotation, character analysis, answer keys, and creative writing. Your students will be totally engaged with this My Last Duchess analysis pack. The surprising ending of Browning's dramatic monologue is always an incredible springboard for discussion and poetry analysis.
➡️ A 26-slide Powerpoint presentation that will guide you through all elements of the lesson. The slideshow includes:
- Pre and post-reading discussion questions
- Biographical information on Robert Browning
- Information on the genre of dramatic monologue
- The full text of My Last Duchess by Robert Browning
- The historical context of the time period in which the poem was written as well as information on who the character of the Duke was based on (Alfonso II d’Este, the Duke of Ferrara)
- Answers to the My Last Duchess Analysis Questions resource for easy classroom review
- Poetry analysis slides on poetic form (rhyme scheme and meter), symbolism, author's tone, and social status.
➡️ My Last Duchess Poetry Annotation Assignment: Students will write a modern summary of the poem and record any thoughts they have on literary devices like characterization, conflict, theme, and tone. A detailed teacher answer key is also provided.
➡️ My Last Duchess Comprehension Questions: This assignment has students answer 5 questions about the poem that requires them to go back to the poem for text evidence to support their responses. A detailed teacher answer key is provided.
➡️ The Duke Characterization Assignment: In a dramatic monologue, the speaker often inadvertently reveals personality traits or characteristics about themselves. Students will examine quotes from My Last Duchess and consider what they reveal about the Duke. A detailed teacher answer key is provided.
➡️ My Last Duchess Creative Writing: Students will imagine that they are the Duchess and will write a letter to their mother on the day Fra Pandolf completes their portrait. They will share information about their life with the Duke, revealing the perspective of the Duchess.
This resource allows students to use a variety of ELA and poetry-specific skills and standards. Below you will find a list of some of the skills this resource addresses:
- Summarizing, paraphrasing, and annotating poetry
- Locating text evidence to support a claim
- Inferring information and making predictions
- Interpreting author's tone
- Character analysis
- Locating and analyzing literary devices (symbolism)
- Examining poetic form (meter, rhyme scheme)
- Interpreting poetic theme
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Used this in class, and just finished it this past week. First time really annotating with this group of students, saw several students go back to their annotations (they were drawn to the layout!) to answer analysis questions. Thanks so much!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I enjoy teaching this poem, but this resource made it so much easier for my students to follow the subtle characterization of the Duke. The students were so engaged as they were looking for the answers as we read and discussed.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Perfect resource for my seniors! Everything I needed to just print and teach. I've used a few different lessons over the years with this poem, but these materials made everything so easy and clear for the students. Thank you!
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