Make a study of poetry compelling and relevant to your students’ lives.
In the film Dead Poets Society, Robin Williams delivers portions of Robert Herrick’s famous “To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time.” This 45-minute poetry analysis lesson will add rigor to your students’ enjoyment of the film, but also works as a standalone poetry assignment if, like me, you aren’t able to use the full-length film with your classes. Either way, your students will be challenged and entertained as they work through Herrick’s words.
First, read Robert Herrick’s famous poem with your students and then have them work through an analysis of his lines. The poem worksheet includes eight depth-of-knowledge questions that will require students to dig back into the text and their own minds to find the answers.
A great addition to ANY poetry unit!
1-page suggested lesson procedure
1-page student handout
1-page detailed answer keys with discussion starters
This items downloads as a PDF and includes Google Drive versions of the student handouts.
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