Emily Dickinson Poems Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Who was Emily Dickinson and what was her contribution to American literature? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain critical facts about the life and work of Emily Dickinson. An activity connects students with some of Dickinson's best known poems.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the life and career of Emily Dickinson
  • list key qualities of the poetry of Emily Dickinson
  • define 'slant rhyme'

Length

60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.2

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.9

Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.

Materials

  • Excerpts from a few well-known Emily Dickinson poems
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson
  • Photocopies of assorted poems by Emily Dickinson (with the exception of Because I Could Not Stop For Death)

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