If you have decided to share Emily Dickinson’s work with your students, this may be the packet you need. This is a 39 page packet and contains a great amount of resources that will help you in your endeavor to share Emily’s poetry.
Included in the 39 pages isL
-overhead transparency: Short Biography of Emily’s Life (will definitely capture the interest of your students, as Emily was an odd woman!) Present this to them prior to reading her poems. It will explain why she wrote the way she did.
-Creative Poetry Project- Your students will choose from a variety of projects to complete, based upon a Dickinson poem of their choice or your selection. Projects have accounted for all types of learners, multiple-intelligences
-Printable containing the following poems (goes with above project)
a. A Narrow Fellow in the Grass
b. I’m Nobody! Who Are You?
c. If I Can Stop
d. I Dwell in Possibility
e. Tell All the Truth
f. The Bee is Not Afraid of Me
-Student Printable (double sided) “Because I Could Not Stop For Death”
Skill focus- personification, characterization, author’s viewpoint, tone/mood, theme, questions for discussion
- Student Printable (single sided) “Hope Is The Thing With Feathers”
Skill focus- symbolism, metaphor, theme, author’s viewpoint
- Student Printable (double sided) “The Wind’s Visit”
Skill focus- theme, common themes in literature, tone/mood, personification, simile
-Secret Mood Cooperative Group Activity (lots of fun) Rubric included
-Thinking Theme Cooperative Group Activity (fun!) Rubric included
-Investigating Character (student printable)
-Emily Dickinson Postage Stamp Activity (rubric and stamp template included)
-Teacher Notes- explains activities and gives multi-media links
-Overhead transparencies (can be used as printables or anchor charts as well)
a. Identifying Character Traits (direct vs. indirect characterization)
b. DSTFL Characterization Strategies
c. Plot rollercoaster diagram
d. Theme in Literature
e. Common Themes in Literature
f. Author’s Purpose Is As Easy As Pie
g. Tone and Mood
h. Tone Versus Mood
j. Plot (mountain diagram)
k. Author’s Viewpoint
q. Simile Man
r. Personification (3 in total)
A great thing about this packet is that all the overheads can be used for any literary selection. I keep them in a file right on my overhead projector. After I do a selection, I'll quickly pull out the one I want to focus on. The graphics presented for each concept are ones that the students easily remember. The transparencies, shown frequently enough, will stick in their memories!
I hope you find as much success with this in your room as I have in mine.