Add rigor to your students’ enjoyment of Dead Poets Society with these three separate lessons that focus on the poetry Mr. Keating presents to his students in the film.
Each lesson includes a depth-of-knowledge question worksheet/s (with detailed answer keys, of course) that will require students to read closely, dig back into the text, and think deeply about the theme, structure, and modern relevancy of each poem.
Extra lesson materials include a non-fiction article and modern ad campaign (video clip) that features Walt Whitman’s “O Me! O Life!” poem and a six-slide Powerpoint lecture to accompany the compare/contrast lesson utilizing Walt Whitman’s “O Captain! My Captain” and W.H. Auden’s “Elegy for J.F.K.”
All of these lessons were built to stand on their own, so you don’t need to view to the film to make good and full use of these materials. They would fit nicely into ANY middle school or high school poetry unit. Depending on the pace of your class, these materials will take three-to-four full, 45-minute class periods to complete. Viewing of the film would take additional class time.
This bundle includes a total of:
9-pages of student handouts and answer keys (PDF format)
6-slide Powerpoint (also in PDF format for folks who don’t use Microsoft Office)
2 mp4 video clips/links
Want to take a closer look? Each of these lessons are sold separately in my shop, but you’ll SAVE MORE THAN 20% by purchasing this budget-priced bundle!
Click HERE for a compare/contrast analysis lesson on Walt Whitman’s “O Captain! My Captain!”
Click HERE for an analysis and non-fiction, modern-media use of Walt Whitman’s “O Me! O Life!”
Click HERE to help students analyze Robert Herrick’s message to “gather ye rosebuds” while they connect the poem to their own lives
These lessons are also included in my full, 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.
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