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Emily Dickinson Study and Poetry Analysis

Grade Levels
5th - 8th
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74 pages
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Perfect for teaching during Women's History Month!

In this engaging mini-unit students will learn about Emily Dickinson and the contributions she made to the world of poetry. Then, they’ll analyze Dickinson’s poem, “A light exists in spring.”

In part one of this mini-unit, students will create tab books about Dickinson and practice critical reading comprehension skills as they complete four hands-on tasks at learning centers. Students will practice sequencing, finding the main idea, cause and effect, and finding word meaning in context while learning about Dickinson. Then, in part two of the mini-unit, students will complete flip books and analyze a poem through multiple readings. Students will investigate the poem’s word usage, figurative language, tone, and theme.

Skills Developed:

  • Reading Comprehension Skills:
  • ---- Finding the Main Idea
  • ---- Sequencing
  • ---- Finding the Meaning of Unknown Words in Context
  • ---- Cause and Effect
  • Reading and analyzing informational texts
  • Supporting inferences with textual evidence
  • Determining theme
  • Poetry analysis: Word Usage, Figurative Language, Tone
  • Engaging in collaborative discussions

Learning Standards

  • RL.1, RL.2, RL.4, RL.5, RL.10
  • RI.1, RI.2, RI.4, RI.10
  • SL.1, SL.6
  • L.4, L.5, L.6

This Detailed Resource Includes:

Part 1 – Emily Dickinson Study - Reading Comprehension Learning Centers

  • Unit Overview
  • Center Implementation Guide
  • Teacher Guides for Center Set-Up and Learning
  • Emily Dickinson Background Reading
  • Center Table Cards (4)
  • Student Tab Books (to record their learning)
  • Center Materials (4 sets): Directions and Hand-On Activities
  • Answer Keys

Part 2 – Poem Analysis - “A light exists in spring”

  • Poem Analysis Overview
  • Extremely Detailed Lesson Plan
  • Poem – “A light exists in spring”
  • Flip Book Materials (where students record their analysis)
  • Answer Keys

Part 3 – Integrated Unit Option - Quilt Square Activity

  • Directions and Culminating Activity Overview
  • Emily Dickinson Quilt Square

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This resource can be taught alone or as an integrated theme across subjects! As you know, integration leads to greater student engagement, deeper understanding, and higher-order thinking skills for our students. However, coordinating integration across multiple subject areas can be quite an undertaking. That’s where Spiral Studies comes in. We’re a group of TpT teacher-authors and we’ve combined our expertise to make absolutely turn-key integrated units for you and/or your team. If you’d like to turn this lesson into an integrated unit we’d suggest working with your team (or independently if you teach multiple subject areas) and checking out the Spiral Studies Women in History mini-units in each of our stores.

About the Integration Option

The teacher-authors from Math Giraffe, Kate’s Classroom Café, History Gal and I have teamed up to create engaging, rigorous, and interactive integrated units that can be easily implemented in middle school classrooms. We call them SPIRAL STUDIES.

Where can I get the other subject area lessons to go with this?

--- Math - Who Was Mathematican Joan Clarke?

--- Science - Who Was Scientist Rachel Carson?

--- Social Studies - Who Was Cleopatra?

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Total Pages
74 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.


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