"The Chambered Nautilus" with Cross Curricular Math and Science Texts
CCSS Aligned Poetry and Non-fiction Passages
This Romanticism/Transcendentalism lesson set is chock-full of poetry, cross-curricular non-fiction passages, guiding questions, short response prompts, and literacy strategies. Impress your administrators when you get your kids talking, connecting, and writing across the curriculum with math and science concepts. They will close read and analyze, synthesize texts and ideas, and extend their understanding through discussion and writing. As they work through the lesson, they will practice transcendentalism themselves!
The set is based on Oliver Wendell Holmes "The Chambered Nautilus." Although he was a Fireside Poet, firmly rooted in Romanticism, this poem demonstrates the natural progression of Romantic thinking and exemplifies the ideals of transcendentalism. It is a great text to use as a transition from Romanticism to Transcendentalism. To further emphasize the concepts expressed in the poem, I have paired it with two non-fiction texts. A short science story on the nautilus will allow students to understand the life of the creature that Holmes refers to in the poem; a second text on the Fibonacci Sequence in Nature introduces a related mathematical concept and highlights the Romantic ideas of perfection of nature. Links to websites and videos aid comprehension.
This set contains a copy of the poem "The Chambered Nautilus" with annotations for difficult words, associated guiding questions with answer key, a science text on the nautilus, a mathematics story on the Fibonacci Sequence with lots of related pictures, guided questions and activities to assist in comprehension, and associated links to websites and YouTube videos that will boost understanding comprehension. All documents are fully editable. The lesson wraps up with your choice of one of the differentiated constructed essay prompts. Based on your students, you may break the lesson down into homework and class work components, set up partner or small group work, or work through the lessons together in a guided discovery. This set has the potential for jigsaw, differentiated instruction, and many other learning arrangements. Depending on your teaching choices, the lesson could extend from 1 - 3 days with or without homework.