Take a challenging poem and it make it far more accessible with these dynamic, multimedia materials that will help students build connections between our modern world and the 1817 thoughts of American poet William Cullen Bryant.
Romanticism poetry can be tough for today’s teens to master, but linking a poem’s themes to students’ own lives and popular media helps create a much richer experience. These print-and-teach materials do just that!
This lesson, which will take at least two class periods to complete, includes:
• A step-by-step lesson plan with helpful tips and advice. (This lesson could be left for a substitute teacher, too, as everything is clearly explained.)
• A Quickwrite topic to hook students’ attention
• A 17-slide Prezi lecture introducing William Cullen Bryant and providing some historical context of the man's work and his era
• A single-sheet copy of Bryant’s poem, “Thanatopsis,” with helpful footnotes and space to annotate
• Video links to a famous song that also employs the same theme as found in “Thanatopsis”
• A handout of close-reading, text-dependent questions for students to answer as a solo assignment or in teams of two
• A high-interest informational text article about near-death experiences
• A handout of homework or discussion questions to accompany the informational text/non-fiction article
• Detailed answer keys for all materials to make grading easy and/or help guide class discussion
A total of 7 PDF pages and 17 Prezi slides.
A dazzling alternative to Powerpoint, Prezi allows presenters to “zoom” to their next slide and the modern design captivates a teen audience. Students love the Prezi style and beg me all the time to make more of them. You can check out Prezi for free at www.prezi.com. I also have a free Prezi in my teacher store, if you want to take a look. You don’t need any special equipment or software to use Prezi. If your computer can view a YouTube video, then you can enjoy a Prezi.
Click the “Preview” button at the top of the page to take a closer look at these “Thanatopsis” materials. I hope you enjoy this fresh approach to lecturing that’s sure to keep your students’ attention.
Note: Due to the “zoom” animations, this zip file is large. The download will take a few minutes, so please be patient. When you get the folder, open it and launch the “Prezi.” Just ignore the other items; they’re needed to run the show. Your computer will ask if you want to “open” the web-created file. No worries; there’s no virus, so just open and enjoy. For full-screen viewing, be sure to click on the small icon in the lower right-hand corner (just like on YouTube).
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