Elizabeth Bishop wrote the magnificent poem, “Crusoe in England.” She creates her own version of Robinson Crusoe and sets the poem in England when Crusoe is of advanced age. Some critics have called this her finest poem.
There are many links to videos, lectures, and resources for studying Elizabeth Bishop’s poem. Also included is a TED Talk “The Lethality of Loneliness by John Cacioppoby. Students will examine clips from the 2000 film, “Castaway.” Tom Hanks is interviewed on the Charlie Rose show on the experience of making “Castaway.” The students will compare the theme of “Castaway” to Elizabeth Bishop’s poem.
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, 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, loneliness, theme