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Practice with Poetry—William Blake’s “Chimney Sweepers”

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Using William Blake’s poems, “The Chimney Sweepers,” students will review important poetic devices, close read and annotate the text, view supporting video clips view a TED Talk on child slavery including a heart wrenching animated film within the talk, evaluate a writing prompt from a link to the 2005 AP Literature Exam, while examining student sample essays. Students will also view a selection from the BBC Romantics series on William Blake and child labor while listening to a parallel situation from NPR and children in mines in Bolivia. These lessons prepares students for AP Literature and Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, Honors courses, British Literature Course exams, the SAT 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 fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. The Socratic seminar acts as a poetry explication. The packet includes a complete lesson, common core standards, essential and key questions.

Tags: poetry explication, British Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, poetry, AP Literature, AP Language, Pre-AP, child labor, chimney sweepers, Industrial Revolution, critical thinking, Romanticism, William Blake, TED Talk, NPR

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