Anne Bradstreet Puritan Poetry, Colonialism, Upon the Burning of Our House, CCSS

Laura Randazzo
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This easy-to-deliver one-day lesson will briefly introduce students to Anne Bradstreet, Puritan wife, mother of eight, and celebrated poet. The student handout includes a copy of her famous poem, “Verses Upon the Burning of Our House,” with helpful footnotes and critical thinking questions that will require students to dig back into the text and their own minds to find the answers.

In addition to a detailed answer key to make grading easy and help guide class discussion, this download also includes an optional poetry assignment, “A Few of My Favorite Things.”

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3-page PDF
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.


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