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Incident in a Rose Garden Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

With this lesson plan, your students are going to analyze the free-verse poem ''Incident in a Rose Garden''. They will use this as the basis for their own experiments with writing poetry in this style.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss the form and meaning of the poem Incident in a Rose Garden
  • Analyze the use of free verse and dialogue in poetry
  • Use poetry to explore concepts like society's perception of death and mortality

Length

90-120 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.3

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.2

Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.3

Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).

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