Use Anne Bradstreet’s Puritan love poem, “To My Dear and Loving Husband,” to provide a compelling contrast to Lady Mary Chudleigh’s anti-marriage poem, “To the Ladies.”
This download includes:
• Full-text copy of both poems (public domain) with space for annotation (1 page)
• Handout featuring eight depth-of-knowledge questions that require students to analyze the texts as well as make personal connections to both poems (1 page)
• Detailed answer key to help you easily grade students’ work and guide in-class discussion (1 page)
• Digital copy of Amedeo Modigliani’s painting, “Portrait of a Woman in a Black Tie,” (public domain) to project during your class discussion (1 jpg file)
This lesson works as a standalone assignment, assessment tool, and/or supplement to any literature unit dealing with traditional gender roles and/or marriage themes.
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