Poetry Analysis Lesson: Tradition, Consumerism, and the Search for the Self

Poetry Analysis Lesson: Tradition, Consumerism, and the Search for the Self
Poetry Analysis Lesson: Tradition, Consumerism, and the Search for the Self
Poetry Analysis Lesson: Tradition, Consumerism, and the Search for the Self
Poetry Analysis Lesson: Tradition, Consumerism, and the Search for the Self
Poetry Analysis Lesson: Tradition, Consumerism, and the Search for the Self
Poetry Analysis Lesson: Tradition, Consumerism, and the Search for the Self
Poetry Analysis Lesson: Tradition, Consumerism, and the Search for the Self
Poetry Analysis Lesson: Tradition, Consumerism, and the Search for the Self
Common Core Standards
Product Rating
4.0
2 Ratings
File Type

PDF (Acrobat) Document File

Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading and/or purchasing.

253 KB|16 pages
Share
Product Description
On the surface, Sandra Gilbert’s poem “Sonnet: The Ladies Home Journal” and Allen Ginsberg’s poem “A Supermarket in California” have little in common.

The first, by a noted feminist, is short, contained, and more formal; it deals with the world of advertising and print media and its affects on women’s ideas of self.

Ginsberg’s poem is longer and looser, but it also deals with the effects of tradition and expectations on a search for self. While Gilbert’s poem wasn’t written until 1984, its subject of the “bygone life” of a “neat mom” conjures the conservative 1950s against which Ginsberg was rebelling.

Additionally, the two poets’ choices in terms of poetic elements and form provide a nice juxtaposition. However, each poem provides enough material to fill an entire class on its own.

Poems are not included in the packet because of copyrights.

These handouts of thorough and precise questions are ready to go with minimal prep on the part of the teacher.

Questions encourage close reading, analysis of poetic elements, as well as deeper thinking and discussion about the themes and big ideas of the poems.

There are also prompts for in-class writing as well as for longer assessment.

Pairings: These poems could be taught with any texts that deal with conformity, the American Dream, women’s rights, rebellion, tradition, or materialism such as The Great Gatsby, The Death of a Salesman, The Awakening, The Catcher in the Rye, Hamlet, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Huckleberry Finn.
Total Pages
16 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
Report this Resource
Loading...
$2.99
Digital Download
avatar

GilTeach

460 Followers
Follow
More products from GilTeach
Product Thumbnail
Product Thumbnail
Product Thumbnail
Product Thumbnail
Product Thumbnail
Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.

Learn More

Keep in Touch!

Sign Up