Lord Byron Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Sailus

Chris has an M.A. in history and taught university and high school history.

In this lesson plan students engage with one another in an active discussion and analysis on the content, tone, language, and overall message of Lord Byron's poetry.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain key characteristics of Lord Byron and his poetry
  • Explain the term, 'Byronic Hero'
  • Explain the significance of at least one poem of Byron and use knowledge of Byron to put it in proper context

Length

  • 1 hour

Materials

  • internet access

OR

  • photocopies of several Byron poems (enough for each class member)

Key Vocabulary

  • Lord Byron
  • George Noel Gordon
  • Byronic Hero

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Key Ideas and Details:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.1

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Instructions

  • Show your students the video lesson Lord Byron: Poems & Biography
  • Stop the video at 5:35.
  • Hold a short discussion on the story so far and on the term Byronic hero. Some example discussion questions include:
    • What are your perceptions of Byron so far? Does he seem like he will be successful?
    • What are the characteristics of a Byronic Hero? Can you think of any examples either from literature, movies, or from real life?
  • Continue watching the video. Stop the video at 7:39.
  • Hold another short discussion on the poem just read. Some example discussion questions include:
    • What does the poem tell us about Byron? Who/what do you think he is describing?
    • What are your impressions of the poem? What does it make you think of?
  • Finish the video.
  • Hold a very brief discussion asking students what their impressions of Byron are given the video they just watched.
    • Give students 5-10 minutes to write down their first impressions.

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