April 15

Leonardo da Vinci, Italian artist and inventor, is born

April 15, 1452

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  • Leonardo da Vinci: Creative Genius
    Lesson Plan / Art & Culture
    Leonardo da Vinci: Creative Genius

    Leonardo da Vinci—one of history’s most imaginative geniuses—was certainly born at the right time and in the right place. In this lesson plan, the students will explore Leonardo da Vinci and the age in which he lived and consider the meaning of the Greek quotation, “Man is the measure of all things” and why it particularly applies to the Renaissance and to Leonardo.

For the first time, Emily Dickinson sends her poems to T.W. Higginson, for review

April 15, 1862

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  • Lesson 1: In Emily Dickinson's Own Words: Letters and Poems
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Lesson 1: In Emily Dickinson's Own Words: Letters and Poems

    Reading Emily Dickinson’s letters alongside her poems helps students to better appreciate a remarkable voice in American literature, grasp how Dickinson perceived herself and her poetry, and—perhaps most relevant to their own endeavors—consider the ways in which a writer constructs a “supposed person.”

  • Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Lesson 2: Responding to Emily Dickinson: Poetic Analysis

    In this lesson, students will explore Dickinson’s poem “Safe in their Alabaster Chambers” both as it was published as well as how it developed through Dickinson’s correspondence with her sister-in-law Susan Huntington Gilbert Dickinson.

  • Lesson 3: Emulating Emily Dickinson: Poetry Writing
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Lesson 3: Emulating Emily Dickinson: Poetry Writing

    In this lesson, students closely examine Dickinson’s poem “There’s a certain slant of light” in order to understand her craft. Students explore different components of Dickinson’s poetry and then practice their own critical and poetry writing skills in an emulation exercise. Finally, in the spirit of Dickinson’s correspondences, students will exchange their poems and offer informed critiques of each others’ work.

Thomas Hart Benton, American painter, is born

April 15, 1889

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