• Why do we lie to ourselves?
• Why do we lie to those we love?
• What does it mean to have a healthy romantic relationship?
“[When My Love Swears That She is Made of Truth]” or Sonnet 138 by William Shakespeare
“A Certain Lady” by Dorothy Parker
Get your students analyzing poetry and engaging in fascinating discussions on some big questions. This is a lesson that you and your classes will refer back to throughout the year.
Included in this resource:
—a fun and innovative opener that will spark your students’ interest in the mini unit
—19 engaging bellringer prompts
—4 creative writing exercises
—slides for those prompts so that you have a ready-to-go activity at the beginning of each class
—questions for close reading and literary analysis on two challenging but accessible poems
—extensive answer keys so that you will be able to discuss the poems with your classes with ease
—enough material for a two full days of memorable and impactful lessons
• Why do we lie to ourselves and others?
• Can first-hand accounts of events ever be trusted?
• What role does deception play in romantic relationships?
• How do different artistic mediums or genres represent the same themes or subjects?
• How can we formulate our own ideas and opinions by reading those of others?
While these poems might seem to paint a cynical picture of love and human nature, they will inspire some interesting and important discussion on challenging questions. Why and how we lie—to ourselves, and to others—is not always clear. The more depth and width that you can add to your students’ understanding of these tricky questions the better.
Pairings: The themes of love and deception are prominent in literature from all time periods. The lessons on these poems would fit well with any unit that deals with love, lies, deception, betrayal, perspective, point of view, or unreliable narrators; suggestions include Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, Huckleberry Finn, The Scarlett Letter, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Odyssey, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and The Awakening.
The Dorothy Parker poem is not included because of copyright.