Poetry Analysis Classes Vancouver

Whether you’re preparing for the Mini School Exam or are concerned about High School level poetry, Pear Tree’s ‘Poetry Analysis’ course can help your child!

In our experience, children in public elementary schools around Vancouver have little to no experience analysing poetry. This sets them at a big disadvantage entering high school, as well as taking entrance exams like the VSB Mini School exam.

The purpose of Pear Tree’s ‘Poetry Analysis’ classes is to familiarise children with:

How to analysis poetry in a logical and profound way,

What literary terminology means, and

How to present their analysis in writing.


While we do not guarantee that your child will be amazing at poetry analysis, we offer the ultimate preparation for your child for the Mini School entrance exam and high school in general.

More About Our Classes

The poems selected for our Poetry Analysis classes are all intended to be engaging, relevant and profound.

Each week we will study at least one poem, leaving time for analysis and written feedback (which may continue for homework). Teacher feedback is offered for the quality of analysis and writing.

We avoid the typical cheesy, superficial poetry studied in schools; and, although we do look occasionally at classic poems (e.g. Shakespeare, mostly for the purpose of poetry styles of the times), we focus on more modern poetry with language and contexts that students can connect with more easily.

Using considerable amounts of critical thinking, we study poetry from the perspectives of both Content and Style.


When Are The Classes?

Small Group Session Dates 2020

All students are required to begin with one of the Level 1 courses before progressing to the next level. The start date options of each course is in bold text. Students only need to attend 1 x course at each level.

Level 1 (Required)

Option 1: 29th January, 5th, 12th, 19th February 2020 – 4.00-5.30pm
Option 2: 31st March, 7th, 14th, 21st April 2020 – 4.00-5.30pm

Level 2 (After Level 1)

Option 1: 1st April, 8th, 15th, 22nd April 2020 – 4.00-5.30pm
Option 2: 5th May, 12th, 19th, 26th May 2020 – 4.00-5.30pm

Level 3 (After Level 2)

6th May, 13th, 20th, 27th May 2020 – 4.00-5.30pm


Small Group Pricing (2-8 students)

4 x 1.5hr Poetry Analysis (6 hours total) = $300 + GST

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The Levels Explained

While the levels of our courses are somewhat arbitrary, the purpose is for students to work alongside peers who share similar experience and aptitude with poetry, as well as similar ages.

Level 1: Beginner level

Recommended for grades 6+, this course will be the first class to take for the majority of students, given that most children have never studied poetry before. If in doubt, this is the course you should sign up for to begin with.

This course covers the most common literary terminology, e.g. metaphors. Poems at this level tend to be shorter, but nevertheless interesting and challenging.


Level 2: Intermediate level

Also recommended for grades 6+, our Level 2  course will provide a much deeper understanding of poetry analysis, building upon the previous experience. If your child has attended one or more of our beginner level courses, our Mini School Prep courses, or has studied poetry elsewhere, this course is right for you.

This course covers even more common literary terminology. Poems at this level are of varied lengths in order to expose students to a greater variety of poetry.


Level 3: ‘Advanced’ level

Our ‘advanced’ level course is more designed for high schools students in grades 8-10 with at least an intermediate level understanding of poetry analysis.

This level goes far beyond our beginner and intermediate level courses, particularly with the range of literary terminology covered. Likewise, the expectations for critical thinking, poetry analysis and written output are much higher, too.


Please note that as we have 3 x sessions for this course (February, April and May), you are welcome to sign up for 1-3 sessions depending on your need/interest. We will use different poems for each course to avoid repetition.

Poetry Analysis - Mini School Exam

Parent Testimonials

My son really likes your approach to the class, and he is looking forward to the next class.

Thank you for being such a good teacher!

Thanks for the feedback. My son really enjoyed the session and said he was looking forward to the next one! I have never heard him say that about school work before! This is the kind of environment we are hoping a mini can offer him, a place where it is fun to learn.

I wanted to say thank you for the quality education you are providing to my daughter at Pear Tree.

We wanted to let you know that although my son was hesitant about joining the class before going, he has said that he is really enjoying your class.

My son relates to you and your teaching method.

Thanks Paul. He was telling me about the vocabulary in the car. We appreciate all the techniques you’ve shared with him. You were a great match for him, and I know he learned a lot.

My son still treasures your assigned readings from last year. I can’t begin to express how much impact your sessions have had. I think he was little disappointed he couldn’t continue the sessions but he’s been lucky to have awesome teachers in the program this year to keep him engaged with school.