It's a (Walt) Whitman's Sampler!
Forget "Death by PowerPoint" and low-level spoon-feeding of little more than a Cliff's Notes summary of one of the all-time icons of American poetry! Ditch the Scantron and get your students helping themselves to all they can eat of this sweet collection of Whitman's works -- while cultivating a genuine appetite for the author's style, technique, tone, and subject matter as they learn and grow through hands-on activities at every stage of the game.
This massive digital download is packed with high-energy in-class activities, multimedia supplements, original writing prompts, and curiosity piquing group projects -- all packaged nicely inside a neat little "wrapper" of an enriched, student-centered unit designed for MEANINGFUL EXPLORATION of one of America's most beloved and enduring creative geniuses.
This student-friendly approach takes all the pain and frustration out of teaching the poetry of Walt Whitman! And this digital download will provide you with everything you'll need to plan a comprehensive 5-7 day unit on his life and poetry, including:
+ EdPuzzle flipped teaching / background activity on Whitman's life and impact
+ Original writing prompts for students to put a 21st century twist on Whitman's trademark style
+ Shared text annotation strategy for reading all 52 parts of "Song of Myself" using the Google Drive*
+ Four full days of close reading and poetry exploration / review activities
+ Four graphic organizers for easier reading of challenging poems
+ Kinesthetic learning opportunities and team-based poetry explication & analysis
+ Three different homework videos where students will enrich their understanding of Whitman's poetry by exploring the author's biography, its connections to 21st century pop music, AND three different artistic renditions of his poems
+ The foundations for an end-of-unit in-class Socratic Seminar
*(Note: If you're using the latest edition of the Norton Anthology of American Literature, or if you are teaching in a one-to-one school, you won't even have to print anything out for this unit!)
Like Walt Whitman himself, this resource is "untranslatable" -- proudly weird, wild, and wonderful, and loaded with all sorts of electric energy throughout. Start your unit with an in-class snowball fight! Teach your classes to sing the Song of the Barista! Watch students standing on their chairs as they sound their barbaric yawps! Or build to an end-of-unit Socratic Seminar where your classes will complete a "cold read" on a poem they've never seen before and amaze themselves at just how much Whitman they've truly come to know, appreciate, and understand.
To put a new spin on a familiar line from the good gray poet himself:
"I celebrate this unit, and sing this unit! And what I have so proudly enjoyed having taught so too shall you! For $10, every instructional resource belonging to me as good belongs to you!
Thanks for checking out my TPT store. And if you're looking for more Whitman, you might like my Whitman and Dickinson Escape Room