Walt Whitman's Miracles Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

The poem, 'Miracles,' by Walt Whitman is the focus of this lesson plan, in which students summarize and analyze the poem, and then use it as a mentor text to write their own poem.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the poem ''Miracles'' by Walt Whitman
  • analyze the poem ''Miracles'' by Walt Whitman
  • make personal connections to the poem
  • write their own ''Miracles'' poem using Whitman's ''Miracles'' as a mentor text


1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.5 (Extension)

With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.


Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts

Materials Needed

  • ''Miracles'' by Walt Whitman (1 copy per student or display full poem with projector]
  • Projector or SMART Board to display lesson
  • ''Miracles'' by Walt Whitman Quiz (1 copy per student)
  • Writing paper and pencils/pens
  • Internet access (to locate images)

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