This one page guide to Shonto's poem is one of LitWeaver's best lesson plans. Parts of it link the poem to Shonto's work in visual art, and other parts ask to students to think critically at the highest levels. For example:
1. Which is more powerful: art, poetry, or healing? Which of the three is more enduring? Which one matters most to civilization? Defend your answers.
2. If a person has a special gift, which is valued highly by the society in which he or she lives, what rights and responsibilities are associated with having that gift? Discuss whether or not that person has a moral obligation to use the gift.