Alexander Pope Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan's quiz, discussion questions and topics, and activity will help students understand more about Alexander Pope, his work, as well as his style of writing.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students should be able to:

  • identify Alexander Pope's major works
  • discuss the importance of each of the works
  • discuss Pope's writing style
  • describe Pope's biography and its influence on some of his works

Length

About 60 minutes

Materials

  • Chalk for a chalkboard or markers for a white-board
  • An eraser for either
  • Printouts of examples of several heroic/rhyming couplets, possibly including some of Pope's work

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.2

Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.7

Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text, including contrasting what they 'see' and 'hear' when reading the text to what they perceive when they listen or watch.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Key Vocabulary

  • Alexander Pope
  • Pastorals
  • An Essay on Criticism
  • Heroic couplets
  • Rhyming couplets
  • The Rape of the Lock
  • The Dunciad
  • An Essay on Man

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