Gwendolyn Brooks Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teach students about American poet Gwendolyn Brooks with help from this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson about Brooks, discuss content, create a biography project, and write poems of their own.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • provide a biography of Gwendolyn Brooks
  • discuss and explain the significance and contributions of Gwendolyn Brooks' work
  • read and analyze poems by Gwendolyn Brooks

Length

1 - 1.5 hours

Materials

Key Vocabulary

  • A Street in Bronzeville
  • Annie Alien

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

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