Make a study of poetry compelling and relevant to your students’ lives.
In the film Dead Poets Society, Robin Williams famously delivers portions of Walt Whitman’s beloved “O Captain! My Captain!” poem. This funeral dirge serves as a compelling extended metaphor for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln just days after the end of the Civil War. Use this 30-minute lesson to pull your students into this classic Walt Whitman text.
This product includes:
A suggested lesson procedure page (1-page)
A single-sheet featuring the full-text public domain poem (1-page)
A five-question worksheet that will require students to dig into the text (1-page)
A detailed answer key to allow ease of grading and provide discussion starters (1-page)
This 30-minute lesson will add rigor to your students’ enjoyment of Dead Poets Society, but also works as a standalone assignment for any poetry or American literature unit 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 the words of Walt Whitman.
This item downloads as a PDF and includes Google Drive versions of the student handouts.
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