Challenge your students with two poems and help them meet the expectations of Common Core Standards by guiding them through close readings of rigorous texts: “My Dear and Loving Husband,” by Anne Bradstreet and “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning. Then facilitate their understanding of the speakers’ attitudes and central themes as they construct connections between the poems.
The lesson culminates in a writing task that imitates the style of the PARCC prototype. Additionally, this lesson incorporates all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards.
This 19 page Paired Passages product includes the following: explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core Standards, anticipation guide, contextual reading guide and sample annotation passage, poem texts, rereading strategy handout, literature web and poetry graphic organizer, Venn diagram, literary analysis prompt, rubric and answer key. The key includes detailed responses for all activities, and a sample essay is provided in the key.
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