Questions on two poems about immigration and the America dream will get your students doing close reading and analysis of poetic elements, as well as deeper thinking and discussion about the themes and big ideas of the poems.
In these two poems, Emma Lazarus and Adrienne Rich present parallel views of the immigrant experience. Lazarus’ poem “The New Colossus” has the well-known quote that is associated with the Statue of Liberty. In fact, a plaque engraved with this poem has been placed inside the famous statue. Rich’s modern poem “Prospective Immigrants Please Note” is more ambivalent in its portrayal of the immigrant experience.
Included in this resource:
--6 pre-reading writing prompts to get students thinking about big ideas and issues
--four full pages of questions for close reading and analysis on both poems
--an answer key to all questions
--the text of the first poem
Rich's poem is not included because of copyright.
Pairings: These poems could be used with many texts that deal with the American Dream or immigration. Suggestions include: My Antonia, The Joy Luck Club, The Fortunate Pilgrim, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Warrior Woman, and The Namesake.