Walt Whitman O Captain My Captain Poetry Analysis

Walt Whitman O Captain My Captain Poetry Analysis
Walt Whitman O Captain My Captain Poetry Analysis
Walt Whitman O Captain My Captain Poetry Analysis
Walt Whitman O Captain My Captain Poetry Analysis
Walt Whitman O Captain My Captain Poetry Analysis
Walt Whitman O Captain My Captain Poetry Analysis
Walt Whitman O Captain My Captain Poetry Analysis
Walt Whitman O Captain My Captain Poetry Analysis
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  1. Culminate a deep analysis of the most famous poems of 1800s America with a Socratic Seminar and extended writing activity in this everything's-included, no-prep mini unit. Perfect for those shortened weeks, right before a holiday break, or to close your study of the first half of American history, t
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Deeply analyze Walt Whitman's most famous poem and connect to its larger historical context of President Lincoln's assassination and the end of the Civil War as well as to the larger phenomena of human grief in this everything's-included, no-prep lesson.

This lesson brings the cross-curricular ELA skills of poem analysis seamlessly into your U.S. History class with an inclusive-to-all-reading-levels allegoric poem.

Turn this into a week or two mini unit!

1800s Poetry & Patriotism Mini Unit and Bundle

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Greatness is appreciating the layers of poetic word in expressing a complex idea.

A poem crafted to mourn when it should have been to celebrate.

The poem no one wanted to write, but that everyone was grateful for.

Take your students through Whitman's metaphor: the captain, the ship, the voyage, being sure to imagine how he is writing this poem as his own therapy for grief. What sort of "sense" did his metaphor create for such a "senseless act"? Could it ever?

At the same time, introduce your students to an in-depth, yet easy way in which to examine poetry, using the DECODE method:

Definition

Emotion

Change, continuity, contrast, compare

Outside information

Denotation, connotation

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Included in this complete lesson:

- Lesson overview and detailed step-by-step teacher plans

- “O Captain! My Captain!” text with ample annotating space

- DECODE graphic organizer worksheet

- Suggested teacher keys, both in annotating and graphic organizer formats

- DECODE Poetry Source Analysis handout that works with ANY historical poem

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Want to incorporate more poetry into your U.S. History course?

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Paul Revere's Ride"

Francis Scott Key's "Defense of Fort M'Henry" (The Star-Spangled Banner)

Walt Whitman's "I Hear America Singing"

Want more mid-1800s primary source analysis?

Era of Reform Primary Sources 6-Pack

Westward Expansion Primary Source 6-Pack

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