Mary Oliver’s The Journey: Practice with Poetry

Mary Oliver’s The Journey: Practice with Poetry
Mary Oliver’s The Journey: Practice with Poetry
Mary Oliver’s The Journey: Practice with Poetry
Mary Oliver’s The Journey: Practice with Poetry
Mary Oliver’s The Journey: Practice with Poetry
Mary Oliver’s The Journey: Practice with Poetry
Mary Oliver’s The Journey: Practice with Poetry
Mary Oliver’s The Journey: Practice with Poetry
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Students learn about the poem, “The Journey,” by Mary Oliver.

This lesson encourages students to write a poetry analysis essay.

Students will read, listen to and view supporting video and audio clips while learning the necessary elements to understand the theme of the poem. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SIFT Analysis, short paragraph assessments, a Socratic seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP English-style rubric.

The central text is the essay is the poem, “The Journey.” The long video used is the TED TALK, “The myth of self-discovery,” by Emily Warren. There are links to different NPR, articles and videos showing the themes of the unit. There is a short paragraph writing opportunity writing as Andrew Forsthoefel, who walked from Philadelphia to the Pacific Ocean. The students will be listening a half hour segment from This American Life describing Andrew Forsthoefel’s journey and on charts provided in the appendix; they will complete the evaluation of ethos, logos, and pathos. There is a lesson on rhetorical situation on an interview of Mary Oliver by Maria Shriver. The entire lessons act as a building of context for a poetry analysis on the poem.

These five daily lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.

There are sources for teaching the Socratic Seminar, as the lessons act as support for the rhetorical analysis. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.

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24 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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