Students use a Common Core approach of analyzing "The Charge of the Light Brigade." First, they use guiding close reading questions to establish an understanding of the poem. They then get background information about the event and watch a short video clip from The Blind Side to further enhance comprehension. They then do another close reading with an organizer analyzing Tennyson's figurative language and connotative word choice to establish his tone towards the men, all leading to a final independent culminating assessment. Includes 13 slide PowerPoint and 2 Word worksheets.