This extensive 175-page unit plan for The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is faithfully designed around the philosophy of developing close reading skills and text based responses which require supporting evidence for nearly every aspect of each scene and act of the poem. Our Ancient Mariner unit is completely original and has been keenly tuned to address a wide range of learners with varying reading comprehension skills. In short, this unit will help all students to look closely at Coleridge’s craft and encourage them to write thoughtful, in depth responses as they support their ideas with evidence from the text.
**The Word Document format allows you to adjust any part of the assignments to suit your teaching needs.
This 175-page unit plan includes the following:
70 pages of printable daily lesson plans and graphic organizers
27 pages of fill-in-the blank review activities and quizzes for each act
38 pages of homework activities
15 pages of individual quizzes for each act
26 pages of formal assessments
9 pages of daily quiz questions
Every activity requires the students to engage in close reading and provide textual evidence for the all of their responses.
• Every lesson can be taught using a myriad of teaching styles:
Partner or neighbor cooperative pairs
Small groups for cooperative learning
Individual or independent practice
• Each lesson is intently crafted to be used with smart board technology.
• All lessons are able to be reproduced and photocopied.
• There is a balance between the aesthetic appeal of each lesson and the practicality of black and white photocopying.
• Each lesson is set up as a self-contained graphic organizer with explicit instructions on how to complete the day’s activity.
• Each lesson has a “Closure” writing activity encouraging students to reflect on the key concepts learned during the day’s lesson.
• Any daily lesson can be done as a homework assignment (many parts have multiple activities, so one can be sent home as a way to review or reinforce the day’s lesson) **this is something I do all the time for quick grades.
• Any daily lesson can be collected and graded.
• Any daily lesson can be collected to assess individual and class comprehension.
I. Daily Activities include the following titles:
Part 1: Daily lesson plans and activity sheets
• Symbolic Analysis
• How Dialogue Enhances Mood
• Reactions to the Albatross
Part 2: Daily lesson plans and activity sheets
• How Imagery Enhances Setting
Part 3: Daily lesson plans and activity sheets
• Identify Examples of Plot Structure
• How Imagery Creates Mood
Part 4: Daily lesson plans and activity sheets
• The Power of Prayer
• The Emotional Appeal of Imagery
Part 5: Daily lesson plans and activity sheets
• A Change in the Mariner’s Fortune
• The Ghastly Crew
• Depicting Shifts in Mood
• Descriptive Use of Imagery
Part 6: Daily lesson plans and activity sheets
• The Two Voices
• The Mariner’s Arrival Home
• Allegorical Perspective
Part 7: Daily lesson plans and activity sheets
• Reaction to the Mariner’s Return
• Analysis of the Mariner’s Final Comments
Overall Poem Review: Daily lesson plans and activity sheets
• Analyzing Tone
• Identifying Persuasive Techniques
• Understanding Author’s Craft
• Identifying Elements of Romantic Literature
• Characterizing the Wedding Guest
• Characterizing the Mariner
• Dynamics of the Mariner and Albatross
• Discovering Archaic Language
• Evaluating the Crew
• Inspecting the Ship
II. Homework titles include the following titles:
1. The Sounds of a Lyrical Ballad
2. The Mysterious Spirit
3. The Power of Prayer
4. The Mariner’s Influence
5. Symbols of Allegorical Importance
6. Significance of the Wind
7. Interpreting Tone
8. Analyzing Dialogue
9. Answering the Hermit’s Question
10. Comparing Two Moods
11. Understanding Allegory
12. What Manner of Person Art Thou?
13. A Letter from a sailor
14. A Letter from the Mariner
15. A Letter from the Pilot
16. A Letter from the Wedding Quest
III. Reading Comprehension Quizzes:
• Seven quizzes total: 1 per part.
• Each quiz contains 5-8 short response questions.
• Questions are designed to prompt close reading of specific passages and elicit thoughtful writing responses.
• Students are required to include textual details and supporting evidence for each of their responses.
**I allow the students to use their annotated texts or notes when answering the questions. This ensures students focus on providing relevant and decisive details such as supporting quotes or paraphrases when arguing their claims.
IV. Daily Quizzes:
• 140 total questions
• 10-20 questions for each part of the ballad
• Answer key included
• Given the following day after nightly reading assignment.
• Usually ask 1-5 questions per part.
• Intended to ensure close reading.
• Acts as a review of basic plot, with attention to details and descriptions from the text.
• Answers are reviewed and discussion serves to familiarize class with critical components of the part or scene before beginning a close analysis.
• Serves as an effective way to assess individual student comprehension as well as monitoring student responsibility for homework reading.
• Each daily quiz is collected, graded and then returned the next day, at which time the next series of quiz questions are placed on the same sheet. There is a running tally of right and wrong answers until the entire play is completed. By the end of the play, there may be between 50—75 questions on the student’s original paper and the total score would be considered as one holistic test grade.
• All seven parts are included
• Each review sheet follows the poem’s plot in chronological detail
• Word banks are included for each fill-in-the-blank activity
• Teacher answer key is included for each act
**Students have the most fun doing these assignments in small groups in class so that they may confer and debate possible answers based on their reading of the poem’s plot structure.
**It’s a nice way to allow the kids to lighten-up on the academic intensity, yet still remain focused on relevant material.
**Despite the laid-back atmosphere, kids are still being assessed on their reading comprehension and retention of textual details.
**It’s just a straight forward way to review the events for each part and scene, especially for kids who were absent or having a difficult time following the plot.
VI. Unit Tests and Essays
• Assessments consist of 40 questions each.
• Assessments are rooted closely to the dissemination of the material addressed in the full unit.
• Assessments are varied based on different testing techniques:
• First test is a mix of fill-in-the-blank, true/false, Multiple Choice
o 40 Questions
o Appropriate for low level—to—average learners
• Second test is traditional multiple choice
o 40 Questions
o Challenging, yet a straight forward test
• Two Answer Keys are included.
• Three differentiated essay assignments included:
• Essay styles:
o Choose one of several offered topics provided
o Draft three possible essay topics and write one
o Common Core Part Two modeled essay question