Making TOASTTT – Analyzing Poetry

Do you feel overwhelmed by poetry? Do all of those metaphors and rhymes and allusions confuse you? Do you feel like you just don’t ‘get it’? Well you don’t have to feel like that anymore, because analyzing poetry is as easy as making buttered toast!

In class we will use the TOASTTT method to help us analyze poetry quickly and effectively.

To practice the TOASTTT method I would like you to pick a song that you like and that you think is ‘poetic’. Then complete the chart below, making ‘TOASTTT’ with that song. Finally, after you have analyzed the song using the TOASTTT method, decide if its actually ‘poetry’, or if its just a really catchy song. Hint: if it doesn’t have very many literary devices to analyze, and it the theme is very generic and not very meaningful, it might just be a catchy song.

Explain your reasoning in a paragraph that pulls quotes from the song to make your point. Be sure to cite these quotes correctly by following the examples below:

  • First, be sure to include a signal phrase. This is a phrase, in your own words, that will lead into the quote. For example:  Cupid refused to let Psyche see his face, saying “I would rather you love me as I am that as a god” (Coolidge 223).
  • Next, you need to quote directly from the text, and put quotation marks around the text. For example: Cupid refused to let Psyche see his face, saying “I would rather you love me as I am that as a god” (Coolidge 223).
  • Finally, you need to list the authors last name and the page number in parenthesis after the quote, and then end with a period. For example: Cupid refused to let Psyche see his face, saying “I would rather you love me as I am that as a god” (Coolidge 223). 

Click here for the TOASTTT notes from class.

Click here for the blank TOASTTT chart you can use for your song lyric analysis.


9th Grade Literature Spring 2016

9th Grade Literature Vocabulary

Students – please check back each week for the updates to your vocabulary list! We will have a quiz at the end of each week!


Week 1 Vocabulary:

  • Alliteration
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Repetition
  • Rhyme
  • End Rhyme
  • Slant Rhyme
  • Sight Rhyme
  • Allegory
  • Allusion
  • Analogy
  • Apostrophe
  • Cliché
  • Connotation
  • Denotation
  • Understatement
  • Hyperbole
  • Verbal Irony
  • Metaphor
  • Metonymy
  • Oxymoron
  • Paradox
  • Personification
  • Pun
  • Simile
  • Symbol
  • Synecdoche
  • Point of View
  • Stanza
  • Enjambment
  • Blank Verse
  • Free Verse
  • Epitaph
  • Haiku
  • Lyric
  • Ode
  • Sonnet
  • Imagery
  • Tone
  • Mood
9th Grade Literature Spring 2016

9th Grade Literature Pre-Assessment

Today and tomorrow we will be taking a pre-assessment in class over some of the concepts you should already be familiar with, and some concepts that might be new to you. This pre-assessment will help me determine if you guys are already ahead of what I have planned (because you’re awesome) or if we need to review some items from 8th grade literature again before moving on (so you can do well and pass my class).

Please take this pre-assessment seriously.

It is a grade, and it determines what we’ll be doing in class this semester!

Click here to open up the pre-assessment, and be sure to record your answers on the scantron provided to you in class!

You should work on have the pre-assessment today and the second half tomorrow. When you finish you should begin working on the Learning Style survey and poetry project you’ve been given. All three of these assignments – the pre-assessment, learning style survey and poetry project are due by the end of the day Friday. 🙂

9th Grade Literature Spring 2016

Welcome Back Freshman – Syllabus and 1st Day Paperwork

Students and parents – please click the links below for both the syllabus for this class (which details what materials you will need and the grading policy) as well as the Media Release form. Both of these will be due on Monday, January 11th, 2015.

Please use the next few days to familiarize yourself with the website, and to register for my Remind 101 text alerts on class assignments, tests and quizzes. You can find the registration information in your syllabus or at the bottom of the webpage! I’m excited to have a great year with you all!

9th Grade Syllabus

Media and Social Media Release

If you have trouble navigating the website, please see the ‘About’ section at the top of the page for more information!


9th Grade Literature Spring 2016