Helen of Troy Poems Compare & Contrast Poetry Analysis, PDF & Google Drive, CCSS

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Laura Randazzo
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8th - 11th, Homeschool
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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 download 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.

This items is a PDF with Google Drive versions of student handouts.

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 + Google Drive version of handouts (uneditable)
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45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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