Carol Anne Duffy’s poem, “Medusa” is a wonderful horrific poem from her collection, The World’s Wife where classic myths are retold from the woman’s point of view. This resource helps students understand the theme of jealously.
Students will view supporting video and audio clips on understanding Medusa in several forms. There is a link to a Ted Talk on envy. The resource links to an NPR story on dogs and jealousy. Student view Caravaggio’s Medusa and videos about the painting. Students will have an opportunity to illustrate their fears as statues made of stone.
The lessons feature an original prompt on poetry, and instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a SIFT analysis and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons prepare students for AP exams; Common Core extended response assessments; American Literature Course exams; the SAT and ACT essay; and critical thinking activities. An addendum describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students. A Flipped Classroom explanation is included.
NEW UPDATE SUMMER 2017: 2 days of lessons added, many resource videos of writing about poetry, essay prompt for the poem, better formatting and fixed broken links