Ode on a Grecian Urn 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.

What is the overall message of John Keats' poem 'Ode on a Grecian Urn?' This lesson plan uses a video lesson to analyze this poem stanza by stanza. An activity connects students with the imagery used in the poem after students take a quiz to check what they've learned.

Learning Objectives

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

  • summarize the poem Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats
  • analyze the tone and theme of the poem

Length

45 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.5

Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

Materials

  • Paper copies of the text of Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson

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