O Captain! My Captain! Walt Whitman Poetry Analysis, PDF & Google Drive, CCSS

Laura Randazzo
55.9k Followers
Grade Levels
8th - 11th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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4-page PDF + Google Drive version of student handouts (uneditable)
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Laura Randazzo
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Description

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.

Want another lesson to connect to Dead Poets Society?

Click HERE for a two-day poetry analysis and non-fiction media literacy lesson on Walt Whitman’s “O Me! O Life!”

Click HERE for a 45-minute lesson on Robert Herrick’s poem that begs teens to “gather ye rosebuds while ye may...”

Click HERE for a bundle of these three lessons at a 20% discount!

This item is also included in my 4-week poetry unit. Click HERE to check out my money-saving poetry lesson bundle. If you purchase the bundle, there's no need to buy this item separately.

Finally, this item is also included in my English 9-10 full-year curriculum. If you already own the full-year download, please do not purchase this item here individually. If you’d like to receive this item plus everything else needed to teach 180 days of English 9 or English 10 at a deeply discounted price, click here to learn more about the full-year curriculum download.

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Image credit: Mathew Brady, WikiMedia Commons, Public domain

Total Pages
4-page PDF + Google Drive version of student handouts (uneditable)
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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Standards

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.
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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.

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