READY TO USE LESSON PLAN
This lesson challenges students to closely read Ralph Waldo Emerson's poem "Give All To Love" and analyze how he uses diction to develop a central idea. Emerson is a CCLS recommended author, and the questions are aligned to Common Core Standards. I have found this lesson to be very effective, as I've used it many times in my 11th grade classroom.
The lesson, which can be used as is by teachers or modified to fit their purposes, consists of an Aim, Do Now, Preview of Pertinent Vocabulary, a Reading Period, a Work Period consisting of rigorous, higher-order, text-dependent questions, an Exit Question, and a Homework assignment-- all of which are aligned to the lesson's Aim.
It also contains a copy of the poem, with footnotes provided containing definitions of rigorous vocabulary words, in order to provide a scaffold to help all learners access the text.
This is a great ancillary text when teaching texts that involve themes about love, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, and Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises.