Carol Ann Duffy, poet laureate of England, wrote the poem, “Penelope” as part of her book, The World’s Wife, which presents a look at women that were previously obscured behind famous men.
Students will view supporting video clips on the poem, included in the material are links to music on Penelope by Sarah Kirkland Snider. Students will participate in a gallery walk where they examine the lyrics of some of these songs. Also included is a TED Talk on why we love, and why we cheat. Students will examine Israeli artist Raeda Saadeh’s, “Penelope, 2010.”
The lesson features an original prompt analyzing the poem. Students will craft a persuasive thesis sentence. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis, hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle and on conducting a gallery walk.
If you are teaching The Odyssey, Greek Literature, or poetry with a feminist lens, then this poem will complement your unit.
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: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, fidelity, theme