"Thanatopsis" by William Cullen Bryant"
"Thanatopsis" lesson includes lots of great materials ready to print and go! It has step-by-step instructions for each day. It comes with a defining Romanticism handout for researching the term and determining its meaning. In addition, a clean copy of poem with text-dependent questions that require comphrension, inference, and analysis skills is included. These questions model the types of ideas students should be pondering as they read. During this lesson, students will examine figurative language, make meaning of the poem, determine theme, and decide on Romantic qualities present. An answer key accompanies the poem's guiding questions.
Furthermore, students will work on sybmolism when they create a mosaic for "Thanatopsis" using scraps of paper. This hands-on activity is very fun and engaging, and it also gets students thinking about the poem and its meaning!
Finally, a quiz is included with 10 multiple-choice questions. 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.
This "Thanatopsis" lesson will have students thinking critically and working collarboratively while discussing, sharing, and creating. Students will also employ close reading and higher order thinking skills. One great hook to get students interested is that high school students can identify with the writer because the author was only 17 when he wrote this! You will enjoy having everything ready to print and teach for this lesson on William Cullen Bryant's famous poem!
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