Walt Whitman wrote the poem, “Crossing Brooklyn Bridge” just before the American Civil War, where he described the experience of trying to communicate to future generations living in Brooklyn.
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 preserving one’s life story. The students will read and listen to an NPR story on Walt Whitman and other famous writers who chose to write of Brooklyn. Also, the students will try their hand at narrative writing as they will write of visiting Whitman’s Brooklyn and today’s Brooklyn. They will view videos on each Brooklyn. Also included is the 40 question viewing guide for the American Experience episode on Walt Whitman.
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 original AP style poetry analysis prompt.
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, Free verse poetry