Those Winter Sundays Lesson Plan

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 15 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

This lesson plan focuses on Robert Hayden's 'Those Winter Sundays' and introduces free verse, tone, imagery and theme to students. Students will read and analyze this poem as well as try to create their own renditions.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define free verse, sonnet, tone, imagery and theme
  • See these key elements at work in Robert Hayden's Those Winter Sundays
  • Explain the meaning of this poem

Length

30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.1

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • 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.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Materials

Vocabulary

  • Free verse
  • Sonnet
  • Tone
  • Imagery
  • Theme

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