Looking for a memorable poetry lesson that will get even your most jaded readers excited about reading and discussing literature?
This lesson on Rich’s powerful yet accessible poem is one that students will remember and refer to throughout the year.
Through an extended metaphor of deep sea diving, “Diving Into The Wreck” explores abstract concepts such as self-exploration, dealing with the past, the scars of trauma, and the process of turning pain into art.
This handout of thorough and precise questions is ready to go with minimal prep on the part of the teacher. There are also prompts for in-class writing as well as for longer assessment.
No lecture, no power point—this is all student-centered, rigorous analysis of poetic elements and big ideas.
This poem could be paired with any text that deals with the past, painful memories, self-exploration, art or the artist, the self and knowledge of the self, transformations or changes, loss or death. Suggestions include: Hamlet, MacBeth, King Lear, stories or poems of Edgar Allen Poe, Frankenstein, Death of a Salesman, Metamorphosis, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Death in Venice, and The Great Gatsby.
Because of copyright issues, a copy of the poem is not included in the packet.