While students will learn about the Civil War in their American History class, they need to view from a subjective point of view. Civil War poetry will give students the opportunity to view the war from an emotional stance.
Students will read three poems. Herman Melville, Francis Finch, and Stephen Crane have all written beautiful poems about the Civil War.
The PowerPoint consists of ten slides and all three poems have been included on separate Word documents.
After students copy the literary term notes, they will divide into groups. Each group will be assigned a poem to analyze based on different literary elements such as symbolism and tone.
After their group discussion, they will present their analysis to the class. Students may write their answers on poster paper so their classmates can view their answers as they present. This, however, is optional. Detail group instructions are included for the assignment.
By instructing students to analyze and present, they are strengthening multiple skills such as collaborating, analyzing, speaking and listening.
In addition, the students are being responsible for their own learning. It has been proven that an individual will retain more information if they teach concepts themselves.
For the last assignment, students have to write a response to one of the poems. I call it a poetic response. This assignment will also give them another opportunity to apply literary devices.