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Both immersed in transcendentalism - Walt Whitman's "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" is compared and contrasted with "The Scientist" by Coldplay for middle (I suggest grade 8) and high school. Have a teen who says they hate poetry? Teens love music - and this is a great way to scaffold that love into interest in poetry. Music by Coldplay will engage and motivate students and it connects so well to this amazing Walt Whitman poem. It's just elusive enough to make them wonder and an effective connection to transcendentalism. Then after putting together the metaphoric puzzle, most will be amazed and impressed at what poetry, and their minds, can do. Anticipatory activities, assessments, resources, and more will provide you with everything you need for a memorable two-day experience. Arts and Humanities infused lesson.
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This twenty-page lesson resource provides multiple activities, deep-level thinking, and differentiated assessments for a two-day lesson. Students will compare, contrast, analyze, and interpret "The Learn'd Astronomer" by Walt Whitman (1819-1892) and Coldplay's rock song, "The Scientist."
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Great poetry and compelling song lyrics with music = fun and motivational for secondary and junior high students!