Longfellow is an iconic American poet whose works represented the emerging values and philosophy of a new nation. This collection contains some of his essential works; Paul Revere's Ride. The Village Blacksmith, The Children's Hour, The Arrow and the Song, Haunted Houses and Christmas Bells. The works touch on the revolution, the civil war and the social values of a new nation.
The approach taken in each instance is one where initial activities allow student knowledge to be gathered prior to reading. The activities while reading touch on meter, imagery and ideas. The post reading activities attempt to provide a broader context for the study and may include a research activity or a challenge for the students.
Another essential component is the reading of the poem which is found on the associated PowerPoint. This allows students to hear the work and form impressions generated through the vocalisation - after all, poetry is an aural tradition.
The overview has details of how this links to the common core criteria for Literature but a wide range is possible given the open ended nature of the tasks. As such, this material easily addresses criteria from Year 5 to Year 9.
The workbook and PowerPoint come in a zip file. It is recommended that you copy the file to your desk top or laptop. Open the file with Windows Explorer. When then opening the PowerPoint, allow for outside content. This is the audio linked to the programme.