This lesson conatins both "Thanatopsis" by William Cullen Bryant" and "A Psalm of Life" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. This unit will have students thinking critically and working collarboratively while discussing, sharing, paraphrasing, and creating. Students will work on sybmolism when they create a mosaic for "Thanatopsis" using scraps of paper. This hands-on activity is very engaging and gets students thinking! Furthermore, students will research to define and understand Romanticism. They will make meaning of both poems and connect Romantic qualities to each. Students will examine figurative language and determine theme. Finally, they will read a parody of "A Psalm of Life" and compare stylistic elements of the parody to the original.
A final assessment is included with 16 multiple-choice questions and 1 short essay, which could count as a quiz or test. It comes in 2 versions if you want different classes to have different tests or to deter cheaters. An editable PowerPoint is in the zip file in case you wish to change any of the questions.
Enjoy this lesson using poems from Fireside Poets!
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