What Do Apple & Walt Whitman Have in Common? 1070L
Great for a Close Reading - Lexile 1070
Apple, Inc. has a commercial which borrows from several sources to make its point. What do you think the point is? Watch the commercial, read the script narration, then read the poem along with the information about the poet and THEN answer the essay questions. The poem is O Me! O Life! by renowned American poet Walt Whitman. The phrase from the commercial is: “you may contribute a verse.”
I love this commercial and the fact that it highlights the importance of creativity. In all of the hustle and bustle of transitioning to CC, poetry is falling by the wayside and I fear, creative writing in general. It is my hope to integrate both informational text along with literary greats to inspire my middle school students to consider their own greatness. I listed a few standards, both TN SPI and also CC standards, but you may be able to customize this material to almost any lesson possible.