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The Courage That My Mother Had Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan will help students determine the author's message and interpret figurative language as they read the poem, 'The Courage that My Mother Had' by Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Learning Objective

Upon completion of this lesson on 'The Courage that My Mother Had' by Edna St. Vincent Millay, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate the central message of the poem and explain details that shape the message
  • Interpret figurative language and describe its impact on the meaning of the poem

Length

60 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards

  • 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.

  • 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).

Vocabulary

  • brooch
  • courage
  • granite
  • intangible
  • quarried
  • tangible
  • treasure

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