Pedagogy Toolkitfor English
Community-driven resources for digital pedagogy in composition, rhetoric, and literature.

For Better For Verse

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For Better For Verse is an interactive website that teaches scansion and allows students to mark stress, feet, and meter in poetry (and validate their answers). This tool helps students develop scansion skills through interactive scansion exercises online.


Suggested Activities

Scansion Practice

After introducing the fundamentals of stress, meter, and rhythm in poetry, have students hone their skills by marking up select poems on the site. Students can submit evidence of their work by printing the page or by taking a screenshot of each completed exercise. Can students effectively identify stress and meter in poetry?

Close Reading

For homework, have students scan a poem using For Better For Verse. Their completed exercise should be coupled with a short paragraph describing their experience with scansion and, more specifically, how the exercise influenced their interpretation of the poem. Invite students to consider how the results of their scansion practice supported, refuted, or complicated their initial thoughts on the poem.


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Grant funding provided by The Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) and the University of Victoria Learning and Teaching Centre. Pedagogy Toolkit is the result of a teaching development project in the English Department at the University of Victoria. This project is developed by Alex Christie with Jekyll and GitHub Pages.