Compressed Zip File
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading and/or purchasing.
Have you been longing to present one of Whitman’s longer poems? And at the same time connect to your students’ modern perspectives? This 4-lesson pack looks at “Song of the Open Road” as a central cultural artifact in the American motif of ‘the open road’. A multi-media extravaganza that includes high-interest readings and videos, this plan is perfect for upper high school classes. CCSS-aligned.
This 4-lesson package is ready-to-go & has everything you need: a daily calendar; the texts for each of the 4 parts of the poem & for the supplementary readings; links to videos & lyrics; 4 days of superb plans, including a Whitman-style poetry writing activity; and detailed keys.
4 representative parts of the poem are examined:
“Song of the Open Road” part 1: includes the text of part 1, brief bio info about Whitman, Route 66 reading & video link, close analysis questions, prompts to encourage deep-thinking connections between the poem and Route 66. Key included.
“Song of the Open Road” part 5: includes the text of part 5, links to “Don’t Fence Me In” video & lyrics, annotation guide, close analysis questions, prompts requiring students to consider themes common to the poem and the video. Key included.
“Song of the Open Road” part 12: includes the text of part 12, excerpts from Whitman’s essay “A Backward Glance O’er Travel’d Roads”, annotation prompts to help students understand the content of the excerpts, a focused annotation of the poem, prompts to encourage students to assess how well they think Whitman met the goals he discusses in his essay, and more. Key included.
“Song of the Open Road” part 13: includes the text of part 13, close analysis questions, quick write summary prompt for students to reflect on the open road motif, and “Catalogue That!”: a creative writing activity to engage students in creative cataloging to wrap up the poem with high-interest fun. Key included.
• 1-DAY PLAN "Song of the Open Road" Part 1 (4 pages, 1 pdf file)
• 1-DAY PLAN "Song of the Open Road" Part 5 (4 pages, 1 pdf file)
• 1-DAY PLAN "Song of the Open Road" Part 12 (4 pages, 1 pdf file)
• 1-DAY PLAN "Song of the Open Road" Part 13 (3 pages, 1 pdf file)
• CALENDAR (1 page, 1 pdf file)
This 4-lesson package is also part of my Walt Whitman “Song of the Open Road” 5-Day Poetry Mini Unit.
Looking for more poetry resources? You might like...
★ BUNDLE "Song of the Open Road" Walt Whitman, 5-Day Poetry Mini-Unit
★ Poetic Terms: Classification Activity & Reference with Jeopardy Review Game
★ Rhyme & Meter in 5 Easy Steps: The Essential Guide
If you like this resource, click here to follow me... and get info about new products, monthly freebies, and more. I'd be thrilled to have you along!