Walt Whitman in 1846 stated in the Brooklyn Eagle, “In our sundown perambulations of late, through the outer parts of Brooklyn, we have observed several parties of youngsters playing 'base', a certain game of ball. Let us go forth a while and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our close rooms. A game of ball is glorious.” Baseball is our National Pastime. In these lesson, students will listen to NPR stories on Wrigley Field and its fans— and a baseball game where no fans were in attendance. Fan made videos on these excursions are linked, as well as an examination of Norman Rockwell, John Updike, George Carlin, and Ken Burns’ take on the grand old game.
Using William Carlos William’s poem, "The crowd at the ball game” and Robert Creeley’s poem, “The Ball Game,” students will review important poetic devices, close read and annotate poems, view supporting video clips, and evaluate a writing prompt. An assessment essay from either having access to the 3rd Edition of Cliff’s AP English Language and Composition book or by going to a link of the book is used which also has a rubric and student essay samples. These lesson prepares students for AP Literature and Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, the SAT essay and critical thinking activities.
Tags: poetry explication, American Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, poetry, AP Literature, AP Language, metaphors, critical thinking, William Carlos Williams, Robert Creeley, John Updike, annotations, literary devices, baseball