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“When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” by Walt Whitman: Poetry Close Reading and Guided Response
What’s Behind the Lesson:
Throughout the week I like to spark-up the class with a good poem reading and discussion. Here is a wonderful poem that shows how poetry can sum up the beauty of the universe more effectively than science.
Read aloud to your students and ask them to show their thinking with this Guided Response. Teach this poem along other poems by the same author, of the same genre, or of similar theme.
I usually read at least three poems a week with my students. Poetry is a reliable in the classroom. Poetry is a great topic starter, writing prompt, and opportunity to have wonderful conversation with students. In addition, poetry: