Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's iconic poem works beautifully in both ELA classrooms and in history classrooms, but is often hard to teach due to its length, complexity, varied rhyme scheme, and vocabulary. This close read will require that students, stanza by stanza, analyze and interact with this historical poem finding figurative language devices and answering text-dependent questions.
This is a word document and can accommodate a variety of lesson ideas. Teach it straight through and it can take a few days. Chunk it by stanzas for daily close read support. Transfer questions to a SMARTboard and model or assign to advanced students for independent practice.
I enjoyed making this and can't wait to see how my students do. Let me know how it works for you!
Common Core Objectives:
6-8.RH.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
6-8.RH.2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.