Emily Dickinson’s classic poem,“Success is Counted Sweetest” explores the theme of success and failure.
Students will relate to the included links to video, audio, and print resources for studying the success and failure. A viewing experience of the TED Talk, “A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success” by Alain de Botton supports the poem and the lessons. A writing assignment features an original prompt designed for critical thinking; Students will analyze the poem through a Close Read strategy and focus on developing a strong 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.