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Practice with Poetry— A.E. Housman’s “To An Athlete Dying Young”

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A.E. Housman wrote the classic poem, “To An Athlete Dying Young.” Students will view supporting video clips, such as a video story relating the poem to another athlete who died young. There are video explanations of the poem as well as links to excellent annotations.

The students will read and listen to an NPR story on Jose Fernandez, the Miami Marlins pitcher who tragically died in a boat accident at the age of 24. Also, the students will try their hand at narrative writing as they will write a letter in the voice of Jose’s mother to a sportswriter who reported the true cause of the accident.

There is also an opportunity to write a SIFT analysis, as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. Included is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence, as well as an original AP style poetry analysis prompt.

These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, World Literature or AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.

The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.

Tags: Socratic Seminar, writing, poetry explication, Pre-AP, critical thinking
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4 Days

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Practice with Poetry— A.E. Housman’s “To An Athlete Dying Young”
Practice with Poetry— A.E. Housman’s “To An Athlete Dying Young”
Practice with Poetry— A.E. Housman’s “To An Athlete Dying Young”
Practice with Poetry— A.E. Housman’s “To An Athlete Dying Young”