Yeats’ “The Second Coming” (Things Fall Apart or Stand-alone Lesson)

Yeats’ “The Second Coming” (Things Fall Apart or Stand-alone Lesson)
Yeats’ “The Second Coming” (Things Fall Apart or Stand-alone Lesson)
Yeats’ “The Second Coming” (Things Fall Apart or Stand-alone Lesson)
Yeats’ “The Second Coming” (Things Fall Apart or Stand-alone Lesson)
Yeats’ “The Second Coming” (Things Fall Apart or Stand-alone Lesson)
Yeats’ “The Second Coming” (Things Fall Apart or Stand-alone Lesson)
Yeats’ “The Second Coming” (Things Fall Apart or Stand-alone Lesson)
Yeats’ “The Second Coming” (Things Fall Apart or Stand-alone Lesson)
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A Common Core aligned literary analysis lesson with handouts for W. B. Yeats’ “The Second Coming.” Can be used with Things Fall Apart or as a stand-alone activity. The packet includes:

• A step-by-step lesson plan, including background information on the poem
• A handout of the poem, including definitions for challenging vocabulary
• A graphic organizer for analyzing symbolism--including answer key
• Discussion questions--including answer key

In this lesson, students will explore Yeats’ famous apocalyptic poem written in the aftermath of World War I. Specifically, they will:

• Identify and analyze important imagery and symbolism
• Describe the poem’s mood and investigate its central idea and themes
• Draw evidence from the poem to support their analysis
• Identify and explore biblical and literary allusions within the text
• Reflect on how and why an author will draw upon an earlier text for their source material
• Analyze how two different texts approach a similar theme (if using with Things Fall Apart)

The ability to analyze text is central to Common Core standards. Not only will students analyze Yeats’ poem, but they also will learn strategies on how to approach literary analysis in general. And because the poem was the inspiration for Chinua Achebe’s title, Things Fall Apart, the lesson is an excellent opportunity to compare works with similar themes as well as explore how authors draw from other source materials for their work.

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Keywords: Yeats, 20th century poetry, World War I poetry, poetry analysis, close reading, British poetry, British literature, Irish poetry, Irish literature, text analysis, Common Core poetry activities, Things Fall Apart, Achebe, comparing literary works, allusion, comparing themes
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