Using the 1994 AP Literature prompt in which students analyze and compare two poem on Helen of Troy, students will study two short yet contrasting poems. Helen, literature’s most beautiful face that according to Christopher Marlowe, launched a thousand ships. This resource uses the poems, “To Helen,” by Edgar Allan Poe and “Helen,” by Hilda Doolittle.
There are many links to videos, interviews, resources for studying the poems. Also included is a TED Talk, “Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model,” by Cameron Russell. Students will examine clips from the films “Helen of Troy” and “Troy.” Also included is a selection from Bettany Hughes’ documentary on Helen.
The lesson features a link to the 1994 AP Lit prompt and rubric as well as sample essays. Students will craft a persuasive thesis sentence. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a SIFT analysis, and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
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, love, Greek mythology, theme