Anne Bradstreet Lesson Plan

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

Jason has 20 years of education experience including 14 years of teaching college literature.

Students often find the poetry of Anne Bradstreet to be challenging because it's so distant, in both time and culture. This lesson on inference, interpretation, and performance should help bridge that distance.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Paraphrase poetry
  • Explain the Puritan values that are the basis of Anne Bradstreet's poetry
  • Discuss the historic events around the life of Anne Bradstreet


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics.


By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Materials Needed

  • Copies of ''Verses Upon the Burning of Our House'' and ''In Honor of that High and Mighty Princess, Queen Elizabeth''
  • Dictionaries
  • Copies of ''The Author to Her Book'' for the lesson extension

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