Emily Dickinson and the Power of Punctuation

Teach the importance of punctuation in poetry through the song “Dear March, Come In!”

By: Patricia Finn & Dr. Susan Key
Estimated Time: 20 - 25 Minutes
Specific Reccomendation: 7th grade Language Arts

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Lesson Details


  • Explain the importance of punctuation in poetry
  • Re-write the punctuation in the poem “Dear March, Come In!” to create a different emphasis or tone than the author intended

Common Core Standard:

  • RL.7.5 Analyze how a drama’s or poem’s form or structure contributes to its meaning.

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