This single-period lesson on Matthew Arnold’s famous poem, “Dover Beach,” can be taught as stand-alone materials, but also works as a perfect supplement to Antigone, Fahrenheit 451, or any British Literature unit/class. You probably remember “Dover Beach” as the poem in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 that Guy Montag reads to his wife as he tries (and fails) to convince her and her friends about the beauty and power of words; let’s help Arnold’s words have a greater impact on our students.
This lesson is a must-have for any study of Fahrenheit 451, but the poem also mentions Sophocles and can easily be tied to the Greek tragedy, Antigone.
No knowledge of any piece of literature is necessary for students to be able to successfully answer every question in this poetry lesson.
This 3-page PDF includes:
• An attractively designed copy of the poem with helpful footnotes and illustrations. (1 page)
• A separate sheet of 10 questions that will require students to dig into the text and their own minds to find the answers. (1 page)
• A detailed answer key, which will allow for easy grading and serve as a discussion guide as the teacher reviews the answers with the class. (1 page)
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