"Ode on a Grecian Urn" TPCASTT
Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 9-10
Difficulty Level 4 (Difficult / Complex)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: TPCASTT Poetry AnalysisCommon Core Standards
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/4] Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/5] Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/7] Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text, including contrasting what they “see” and “hear” when reading the text to what they perceive when they listen or watch
Poetry is one of the most expressive forms of literature. It can evoke emotions, set a mood, tell a story, or create a deeply and universally understood feeling in its readers. This makes expounding its elements, and understanding its rich meaning, comparisons, and symbols, even more important.
The TPCASTT method of poetry analysis is a great way to teach students to dissect a poem and understand its parts. It helps students to uncover the deeper meanings within poems while giving them the confidence to be self-educators. TPCASTT Poetry Analysis is an order of operations similar to PEMDAS for math. It asks students to list items in sequential order and answer questions based on their reading of the poem.
TPCASTT Example for "Ode on a Grecian Urn"
|I believe the title will be about someone famous in Greek History who has died.|
|The speaker is looking at all the pictures on the urn and discussing them.|
|The speaker uses a mixture of happy and sad language, which conveys a very complicated, bittersweet emotion. He also uses a great deal of language about countrysides, and plants.|
|The speaker seems wistful about the passage of time.|
|A shift occurs in the final stanza, when the speaker stops describing the scenes on the urn and writes about how the urn will endure, unchanged, even as human life moves on.|
|After reading the poem my title was partially correct. The poem was deeper than expected, and wasn’t about a particular person.|
|Some things about life are the same as centuries ago; the urn is immortal as are the images on the sides.|
This is a great activity to have students do in a small group. Once they are finished, ask them to create their own storyboard with the TPCASTT steps!
(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Copy Assignment", change the description of the assignment in your Dashboard.)
Perform a TPCASTT analysis of "Ode on a Grecian Urn". Remember that TPCASTT stands for Title, Paraphrase, Connotation, Attitude/Tone, Shift, Title, Theme.
- Click "Use this Template" from the assignment.
- Choose any combination of scenes, characters, items, and text to represent each letter of TPCASTT.
- Write a few sentences describing the importance or meaning of the images.
- Finalize images, edit, and proofread your work.
- Save and submit storyboard to assignment.
(Modify this basic rubric by clicking the link below. You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)