Emily Dickinson "Hope is the Thing with Feathers" Poetry Analysis Virtual Print

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This was so great to use with Hope is the Thing with Feathers. Very comprehensive and made the students really dive in to better understand the poem.
This resource was engaging and easy to follow. I always use this poem as my first poem in the poetry unit and it was a great addition to the resources I have in place already.
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You'll love teaching this delightful poem! This lesson guides students through a detailed analysis of Emily Dickinson's poem "Hope Is the Thing With Feathers." After analyzing it, students can then write their own poem of hope or a poem about an abstract noun.

Both digital and print versions here, so you're ready for any classroom setting!

There are ten parts to this lesson:

  1. Author research
  2. Vocabulary - study and synonym activity
  3. Paraphrase - line by line
  4. Paraphrase by stanza
  5. Examining diction
  6. Analyzing an extended metaphor
  7. Bloom's taxonomy comprehension questions (these can be used as an assessment or for whole-class discussion)
  8. Literary analysis writing prompt
  9. Step-by-step directions for writing an original poem of hope
  10. Step-by-step directions for writing an abstract concept poem

Also included:

  • Answer key
  • Rubric

Finished poems can be illustrated and displayed.

I never tire of this poem! I love to teach it and am always surprised and delighted by class discussions and the poems my students write in response to it. This is a great poem to teach any time of year.

Please see the preview to check it out in detail!

This 1861 version of "Hope is the Thing With Feathers" is in the public domain.


If you are like me, and can't get enough Emily Dickinson, you might like:

"A Day" by Emily Dickinson

You might also enjoy teaching a sonnet!

Sonnet 29 {Shakespeare}

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Total Pages
64 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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