Emily Dickinson, into the 21st Century, is still considered one of America’s greatest poets. In 2017, “A Quiet Passion,” a film on Emily Dickinson starring Cynthia Nixon is being released and this resource includes a well written review from The New Yorker Magazine on the film. The poem of focus in these lessons is “There’s a Certain Slant of Light.”
There are many links to video, audio, and print resources for studying Emily Dickinson’s poem. Also included is a TED Talk on how poetry frees the soul. The students will also read an interview with Cynthia Nixon discussing Emily Dickinson and an animated version on another Dickenson 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 SIFT analysis and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, American 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. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, death, isolation, suffering, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom