Practice with Poetry— Emily Dickinson’s “The Soul Selects Her Own Society”

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Emily Dickinson wrote, “The Soul Selects Her Own Society” a poem on the importance of choosing your own friends, even if just one, based not on power or financial reasons but on the qualities you deem important.

Students will read and annotate the poem and analyze the literary strategies used to convey the poet’s message. These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, or AP English Language or Literature class.

Students will view supporting video clips, such as a TED TALK on friendship in the age of Facebook. The students will read and listen to an NPR story on Emily Dickinson’s friendship with one of her closest confidants, Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Included is a filmed dramatization of these letters. Also, students will view a chunk from “The Bell of Amherst” performed by Julie Harris based on the life of Emily Dickinson.

There is also an opportunity to write a SIFT analysis, as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. Included is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence, as well as an AP style poetry analysis prompt. There is also a 10 question multiple choice assessment on the poem.

These four lessons 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.

In this resource, there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide, there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fishbowl discussion with the rubric. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.

Tags: Socratic Seminar, writing, poetry explication, Pre-AP, critical thinking, American Literature,

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4 Days

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Practice with Poetry— Emily Dickinson’s “The Soul Selects
Practice with Poetry— Emily Dickinson’s “The Soul Selects
Practice with Poetry— Emily Dickinson’s “The Soul Selects
Practice with Poetry— Emily Dickinson’s “The Soul Selects
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