She Walks in Beauty 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 meaning behind Lord Byron's 'She Walks in Beauty?' This lesson plan uses an informative video lesson to summarize critical elements of the poem before an activity connects students with the language and imagery of the poem.

Learning Objectives

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

  • discuss the elements of Romantic poetry
  • summarize the meaning of Lord Byron's She Walks in Beauty
  • analyze the language used in Lord Byron's She Walks in Beauty


45 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.


Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.


Analyze how a drama's or poem's form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning


Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.


  • Photocopies of the text of Lord Byron's She Walks in Beauty
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson
  • Highlighters
  • Assorted old magazines
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard cut into 16x20-inch sections
  • Glue
  • Markers

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