Emily Dickinson’s classic poem,“Success is Counted Sweetest” explores the theme of success and failure.
There are many links to video, audio, and print resources for studying the success and failure. Also included is the TED Talk, “A kinder, gentler philosophy of success,” by Alain de Botton. The lesson features an original prompt analyzing the poem. Students will craft a persuasive thesis sentence. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a SIFT analysis and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, American Literature or AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, success, failure, theme