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Ch 3: Walt Whitman Poetry Lesson Plans

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Let us help you create engaging lesson plans about the poetry of Walt Whitman with this informative teacher resource chapter. Using these resources, you can integrate discussion questions, activities and enriching lectures into your poetry curriculum.

Walt Whitman Poetry Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

In this interesting chapter, our instructors present lesson plans and activities that help you effectively teach the poetry of Walt Whitman to your students. Whitman's famous works 'O Captain! My Captain,' 'Song of Myself,' 'I Hear America Singing' and 'Leaves of Grass' are covered through lessons that include summaries, discussion questions and other activities. All of our teaching resources are written by professional instructors who understand how to effectively teach this material to students.

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  • Engages students: Discussion questions and class activity suggestions are provided for these famous works, making these poems come alive for your students.
  • Meets educational standards: You can have confidence when you use our lesson plans and activities that your classroom poetry lessons meet the appropriate criteria.
  • Simplifies planning: Our ready-to-use lesson plans and activities can be quickly added into your existing curriculum or used to refresh what you're already teaching.

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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan resources with relevant tools to make planning poetry lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific Walt Whitman poetry topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your poetry class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related Walt Whitman poetry lessons with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important poetry concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant poetry-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

13 Lessons in Chapter 3: Walt Whitman Poetry Lesson Plans
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Walt Whitman Lesson Plan

1. Walt Whitman Lesson Plan

Educate your students about poet Walt Whitman with this lesson plan. Students will listen to a video lesson, take a related follow-up quiz on important material, and then participate in a few activities to cement core concepts about the legendary poet.

Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet

2. Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet

Walt Whitman is now considered one of the greatest American poets of all time, but his work was not so well-loved when it first debuted. Find out what made the man and his poems so controversial.

O Captain! My Captain! Lesson Plan

3. O Captain! My Captain! Lesson Plan

Help students link one of the greatest works of Walt Whitman to a very real event in U.S. History, the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The accompanying activity will allow students to create their own poems using iambic pentameter.

Poem Analysis of O Captain! My Captain!

4. Poem Analysis of O Captain! My Captain!

This lesson provides an analysis of Walt Whitman's poem ''O Captain! My Captain!'' Learn about the origins of the poem, the extended metaphor inside it, and Whitman's choices for meter and form.

Walt Whitman's Song of Myself Lesson Plan

5. Walt Whitman's Song of Myself Lesson Plan

Introduce students to the structure, themes and interpretations of Walt Whitman's Song of Myself with this lesson plan. A video lesson guides students through a summary and support with structure.

Walt Whitman's Song of Myself Discussion Questions

6. Walt Whitman's Song of Myself Discussion Questions

Walt Whitman's ''Song of Myself'' is one of his most famous poems, offering so much for students to think about. This lesson offers discussion questions you can use to help organize students' comprehension of this important work.

Walt Whitman's Miracles Lesson Plan

7. Walt Whitman's Miracles Lesson Plan

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.

Miracles by Walt Whitman: Summary, Analysis & Meaning

8. Miracles by Walt Whitman: Summary, Analysis & Meaning

Miracles can be defined as divine interference to something improbably surprising. In this video we'll summarize and analyze Walt Whitman's poem 'Miracles' and delve into the depths of its meaning.

Walt Whitman's I Hear America Singing Lesson Plan

9. Walt Whitman's I Hear America Singing Lesson Plan

This lesson plan utilizes a text lesson as well as discussion questions and group activities to summarize and analyze 'I hear America Singing' by Walt Whitman. The lesson concludes with a quiz as an exit ticket.

Walt Whitman's I Hear America Singing: Summary & Analysis

10. Walt Whitman's I Hear America Singing: Summary & Analysis

Walt Whitman hears America singing; do you? In this lesson, we'll summarize his classic poem published in 1860, where every man and woman has a voice that is unique, yet is part of the overall fabric of the country.

I Hear America Singing Discussion Questions

11. I Hear America Singing Discussion Questions

Lessons on poetry can be complicated. You need to guide your students while analyzing the bigger picture in a poem. This lesson includes thought-provoking discussion questions for ''I Hear America Singing.''

Leaves of Grass Lesson Plan

12. Leaves of Grass Lesson Plan

Help students navigate the Walt Whitman's poems in the collection 'Leaves of Grass' with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson on the book, discuss and analyze poems, then do a project and take a quiz.

Leaves of Grass: Summary & Quotes

13. Leaves of Grass: Summary & Quotes

Connected, yet individual, the poems of Walt Whitman stand together in his work, 'Leaves of Grass.' In this lesson, we'll take a look at the various sections of this book that served as a lifetime project ffor the author.

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