If you are looking for a quick and efficient way to cover the realists and their poetry, look no further than this study unit. From Whitman to Thoreau to Tennyson, they're all here! Using the film Dead Poets Society as an anchor activity, this unit builds around the thought of "seizing the day". Included in this packet, you will find: A film guide (and answer key) for Dead Poets Society, a series of seven poems that can be studied in conjunction with the film, two writing assignments, and one opportunity to integrate lyrical poetry (music) into the discussion. I hope that you enjoy!