This 70-page unit contains 27 individual daily lesson activities reviewing Coleridge’s entire lyrical ballad, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Most assignments follow the specific scenes within each part; so the class can read a single part of the Marine’s tale and then complete an accompanying assignment. Or you can read the entire poem and then choose from several key assignments to review major plot points or elements of the ballad. Honestly, there are too many activities to realistically be completed. But for my teaching style, I’d rather have more than enough assignments from which to choose. So, over the years, we’ve compiled numerous activities which give us the freedom to pick and choose which activity we would like to use for a particular scene or part based on the caliber of the class and the grade level. Some activities are straight forward and may serve as a review, while others are more involved and may be better accomplished through partner work or in cooperative groups.
I adhere to the basic principal that each lesson should require the students to become engaged in the reading and interact with the text on a daily basis. Therefore, through a variety of graphic organizers, worksheets, and chart fill-ins, students continually practice close reading techniques as they cite evidence from the text to support their answers and opinions. They will routinely practice using direct quotes; and hone their paraphrasing and summarizing skills as they write well-developed responses using key words and phrases taken directly from the text. All lessons conclude with a series of questions entitled, “Put it all Together” which helps the students to summarize essential concepts they analyzed during the lesson and offer a personal opinion about the material learned for each particular lesson. Again, I want my students to interact with the text and so every assignment requires the kids to go back and either cite, summarize or analyze textual details. Students must then use the textual evidence they have gathered to draw conclusions, make predictions or inferences, or support thoughtful literary criticism.
At times, I bring up the lessons on a smart-board or LCD projector and let the students copy a sketch of the daily graphic organizer. Other times, with the more intricate designs, I want to photocopy the worksheet for the students so that they may write directly on the assignment. With this in mind, I tried to maintain a balance between the visual appeal of each organizer and the practicality of making photocopies for any lesson.
As with most graphic organizers or handouts, I have used these lessons in a variety of learning environments including: group work, partner or neighbor work or individual practice. Some lessons are extensive and may require more than one class period or can be completed for homework. Each lesson also acts as a great quiz to assess any student’s comprehension for a particular scene of the play. Since there are so many lessons for each part, I often have the students complete some of the basic worksheets independently for homework; this in turn acts as a great review and reinforces the day’s lesson.
There is no answer key for these assignments since it is impossible to assume what any individual teacher would accept as a correct answer. My own acceptance for answers varies greatly depending on the grade level, class level, individual student ability and even what material I decided to focus on during instruction. An answer I would accept from an AP student would vary greatly from an answer I would find acceptable from an inclusion student. Both may have a “right” answer with varying levels of proficiency.
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