This is a perfect unit for November (Veterans Day), May (Memorial Day) or anytime poetry needs to be “beefed up” in the classroom. “Poetic Justice: Poems That Move A Nation” gives you the dual opportunity to immerse you and your students into both the rigor of Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Learning Skills. Depending on the skill level of your students; the assignments lend themselves to all methods of instructional grouping including whole group, small group, pairs or individual.
Lesson 1: “Star Spangled Banner” Introduced (analyze video link of late Whitney Houston performing at Super Bowl XXV)
Lesson 2: War of 1812: Burning of Washington (analyze painting with DBQs after reading)
Lesson 3: Francis Scott Key and the attack on Ft. McHenry (analyze painting with DBQs after reading)
Lesson 4: Verse 1: Define unknown words and phrases. Rewrite verse 1 in own words.
Lesson 5: Some Americans prefer “America the Beautiful”. Annotate verse 1 and transcribe in own words.
Lesson 6: Video link to performance of both at opening Super Bowl XLLVIII
Lesson 7: Argumentative writing for Star Spangled Banner or America the Beautiful: organize thoughts in graphic organizer
Lessons 8: Argumentative writing for Star Spangled Banner or America the Beautiful: rough draft
Lesson 9: Argumentative writing for Star Spangled Banner or America the Beautiful: edit
Lessons 10: Publish
Lesson 11: Present
Lesson 12: Compare data from results of arguments (SS Banner or A. the Beautiful). Discuss.
Lesson 13: Introduce “Flanders Fields” and John McCrae
Lesson 14: Watch video link of visual presentation with song set to music to introduce.
Lesson 15: Watch video again for DBQ analysis template.
Lesson 16: Analyze poppy symbolism.
Lessons 17-18: Annotate, close read and translate verses 1-3.
Lesson 19: Argumentative writing citing evidence: Was McCrae for or against the war?
Lesson 20: Graphic Organizer
Lesson 21: Rough Draft
Lesson 21: Edit
Lesson 22: Publish
Lesson 23: Presentation