Thanatopsis Real World English Lesson
Let's face it--"Thanatopsis" isn't the most exciting poem to teach. To be honest, it's downright depressing. Therefore, I knew that I had to bring my "A" game when designing this lesson for my students. This real-world English lesson is extremely engaging, and students love the project-based learning aspect of this assignment.
You will get:
*A detailed editable lesson plan
*An editable worksheet to guide students through a close reading of this challenging poem
*An answer key to the worksheet guide
*A creative project-based learning assignment
*A rubric to grade students' products
*6 links to corresponding informational texts
* Differentiation ideas
*Technology ideas AND ideas for those without access to technology
*Lesson hook ideas to get the students interested in the poem
*Task cards for group members
****Note*****This lesson can be done without the project. You can use the informational texts and guided reading worksheet only if you choose.
Update: I'm so excited to partner with an amazing math teacher to bring you another interdisciplinary lesson to pair with your Thanatopsis unit. This lesson digs deeper into the science of decay and uses math skills to discuss the validity of the poem's claims.
Check out Courage to the Core's lesson here:
Math and Science in Thanatopsis
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