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I love using literature to teach history. Use my "Visualizing the Industrial Revolution Through Poetry Using William Blake's Poem 'London'" lesson plan (with handouts) packet to enrich your teaching and introduce students to this important era of history and an important British Romantic poet.
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Use this 90 minute lesson plan to instruct High School or Middle School Social Studies or Humanities students.
The packet contains the following:
William Blake wrote "London" when he lived in the city - as a satirical diatribe on society of the time. Your students will be shocked by Blake's trenchant language and they will be encouraged to make their own observations and text-to-text connections.
Possible Uses Across the Curriculum:
- High School or Middle School Humanities or Language Arts Class
- A Social Studies / History Unit on the Industrial Revolution
- A Literature / Language Arts Unit on Romanticism
- A Poetry Unit on British Poets from the 18th and 19th Centuries
- A Literature / Language Arts Unit on Political Satire in Poetry
- A Current Events / Social Studies Unit on Child Labor Laws
- An Ethics Unit on Hypocrisy
Duration of Lesson: Two class periods of 45 minutes each (Or one class period of 1.5 hours)
Materials: Smartboard (optional); handouts, teacher notes, questions (all included in the packet), pencil, pen, paper, document camera (to model text annotations for students)
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