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This classic poem is a great metaphor for how we shape our lives. It's also a great vehicle for discussion about descriptive writing and early American life.
*Text of "The Village Blacksmith" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
*Worksheets on 1) poem structure & vocabulary, 2) poem exploration (researching the task of a blacksmith, etc.), 3) stanza-by-stanza guided interpretation, 4) literary devices
*Chart to complete that relates concept of poem to students' lives
*Three writing assignments of various levels appropriate for grades 4+
*Poetry Form & Literary Devices Primers
*Answer keys for all worksheets