This low-prep, high-engagement unit explores Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s acclaimed epic poem, Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie.
Classic literature is an integral part of our heritage, and a powerful way for students to experience the universality of human emotions and life challenges. Often, however, students get caught up in the old-fashioned wording or poetic style, and miss the significance of the text and the story. This poetry study unit will break Longfellow's beautiful epic poem into accessible chunks for your high school students, and help them make the connections of its relevance to them.
- Complete unit- all the work is done for you!
- Very low prep- read lesson plan, print, and teach!
- Over 2 weeks of lessons! (Includes 11 complete, detailed 40-50-minute lesson plans.)
- Includes 3 versions of the poem text- complete and unabridged original in an editable Word document; abridged (8 pages shorter) with line numbers, explanatory headings, vocabulary defined, pronunciation guides, and comprehension questions; same abridged version but with explanatory headings only
- Pre-reading webquest- get your students invested in the study from Day 1
- Graphic organizers- students can compile a notebook.
- Project ideas- differentiated post-reading projects for a variety of learning styles
- Comprehension questions & guided annotation- breaks text into manageable chunks for high school students and encourages them to pause and analyze the text; directs students to locate and discuss simile, metaphor, personification, irony, and foreshadowing
- Journal prompts- “What do you think?” questions that encourage students to apply the story to their own life
- Answer keys for quizzes and handouts
- Over 100 pages of material
- Vocabulary quizzes- students record selected vocabulary found in the text and take 2 different quizzes
- Multimedia- webquest, links to YouTube videos, PowerPoint slides
Note: All handouts created to accompany the text are correlated to the abridged text. The unabridged text (or your own copy of the text) may certainly be used successfully with the handouts provided, but line numbers referenced in the handouts will not match up with an unabridged version.
Lesson Plans for 11 40-50-minute lessons
- Decorative notebook cover [or poster!] (color and black & white)
- “Who Are the Acadians?” pre-reading webquest (answer key included)
- Background information notes sheet (answer key included)
- Characters notes sheets (answer key included)
- Plot structure graphic organizer (answer key included)
- Louisiana vs. Canada venn diagram (answer key included)
- Vocabulary & definitions record sheet
- Differentiated post-reading project ideas list
- Notebook checklist
2 vocabulary quizzes- multiple-choice quizzes covering selected vocabulary from the poem (answer key included)
Selected vocabulary list- for your reference or extra help for students
7 “What Do You Think?” journal prompts Power Point
Complete original poem text (courtesy of Project Gutenberg) Word document
Abridged poem text with line numbers, explanatory headings, vocabulary defined, pronunciation guides, and comprehension questions
Abridged poem text with headings only
Comprehension questions answer key