Dylan Thomas wrote the brilliant poem, “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night.”
There are many links to videos, lectures, and resources for studying Dylan Thomas’ poem. Also included is a TED Talk “Facing Death Full of Life,” by Danielle Valenti. Students will examine Jimmy Valvano’s 1993 ESPY speech and compare it to the Dylan Thomas poem. Finally there is a wonderful New York Times essay, “Do Not Go Gentle” by Roger Coehn that is an excellent companion piece for the poem. Also included in a clip from “Set Fire to the Stars,” a film about Dylan Thomas’ visit to America.
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 SIFT analysis, and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, British Literature or AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Literature 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, death, theme