Helen of Troy, Compare & Contrast Two Poems, Point of View, Poetry Analysis CCSS

Laura Randazzo
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Ah, Helen of Troy, the face that launched a thousand ships. Depending on your perspective, Helen is either the legendary beauty who has served as a worthy muse for countless warriors and poets or she is a painted devil whose selfish desires caused the deaths of thousands of innocent souls. Take your students through a compelling compare and contrast activity by examining classic poems by American poets Edgar Allan Poe (full-text included) and Hilda "H.D." Doolittle (link included).

This 4-page PDF includes a detailed lesson procedure, a copy of Edgar Allan Poe's "To Helen," and 10 critical analysis questions that will require students to dig into the text and their own minds. A detailed answer key/discussion guide is also included.

The Common Core State Standards require that we teach students to analyze multiple interpretations of the same piece of literature. Helen of Troy provides the perfect opportunity for extreme points of view to be examined.

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Image credit: Evelyn De Morgan, Helen of Troy (1898), WikiMedia Commons, Public domain

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4-page PDF
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics.
Analyze a case in which grasping point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).
Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

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