Poetry Presentation Rubric




up to 15 points
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up to 25 points

Interpretation
Poor
Interpretation of poem is superficial and/or faulty; shows only minimal insight and reflects insufficient time spent with the poem.
Fair
Interpretation of poem has some depth and insight; reflects sufficient time spent with the poem.
Good
Interpretation of poem shows much insight and reflects a substantial amount of time spent with the poem.
Excellent
Interpretation of poem shows original insight and reflects a persistent reading/pondering of the text.

Understanding:
Poetry Analysis
Handout
Poor
Weak understanding of uses of figurative language, poetic terms and literary elements in the poem.
Fair
Some understanding of uses of figurative language, poetic terms and literary elements in the poem.
Good
Strong understanding of uses of figurative language, poetic terms and literary elements in the poem.
Excellent
Flawless understanding of uses of figurative language, poetic terms and literary elements in the poem.

Explication:
Research—
Secondary
Sources
Poor
Explication is weak, confused, unclear and lacking in precise connections to the text.
Fair
Explication is somewhat weak, somewhat confused, sometimes unclear and lacking sufficient precise connections to the text.
Good
Explication is strong, clearly articulated and makes precise connections to the text.
Excellent
Explication is very strong, superbly clear and rife with precise connections to the text.

Universality Unearthed:
Connect to
Prompt
Poor
No attempt made to transcend the parameters of the poet's words.
Fair
Some attempt made to look beyond the parameters of the poet's words and make a connection to the outside world.
Good
Clear and successful discussion of the ways in which the poem has universal meaning; thematic discussion.
Excellent
Fluid movement between the words of the poet and universal importance; overt references to universal themes and critical perspectives.


Slides should be visually attractive and well-organized.
Appropriate and relevant information should be presented without overwhelming your audience. Authorial background is expected at every level of understanding and competency.Final slide should be titled Words Cited with sources listed from your research in MLA format.