21 slide PowerPoint with autobiographical information on Walt Whitman, father of free verse. Brief embedded YouTube clip with fill-in-the blank slide for students to listen for key points. Embedded Dead Poets Society clip. Whitman's values as a human are detailed, and then I have students read selected excerpts from Leaves of Grass (handout) and explain which of Whitman's values each passage demonstrates and how. This takes them past applying poetic terminology (which is also important) and into analyzing for theme and voice.