• Reading Andrew Marvell's Coy Mistress

    Created October 19, 2010
  • Why Do We Remember Revere? Paul Revere's Ride in History and Literature

    Created October 14, 2010
    Why Do We Remember Revere?

    After an overview of the events surrounding Paul Revere's famous ride, this lesson challenges students to think about the reasons for that fame.  Using both primary and secondhand accounts, students compare the account of Revere's ride in Longfellow's famous poem with actual historical events, in order to answer the question: why does Revere's ride occupy such a prominent place in the American consciousness?

  • A Storybook Romance: Dante's Paolo and Francesca

    Created October 12, 2010
    A Storybook Romance

    Journey through the Inferno to learn how allegory, allusion, and drama combine in Dante’s poetic art.

  • The World of Haiku

    Created October 8, 2010
    The World of Haiku

    Explore the traditions and conventions of haiku and compare this classic form of Japanese poetry to a related genre of Japanese visual art.

  • Listening to Poetry: Sounds of the Sonnet

    Created October 8, 2010
    Listening to Poetry

    While teaching some of the formal terms used to describe sonnets will be one of the aims of this lesson, our starting point and central focus throughout will be learning to appreciate the sounds of poetry.

  • The Poet's Voice: Langston Hughes and You

    Created October 8, 2010
    The Poet's Voice: Langston Hughes

    Poets achieve popular acclaim only when they express clear and widely shared emotions with a forceful, distinctive, and memorable voice. But what is meant by voice in poetry, and what qualities have made the voice of Langston Hughes a favorite for so many people?

  • Writing Poetry Like Pros

    Created October 7, 2010
    Writing Poetry Like Pros

    Poems, classic and contemporary, make good company for your students. They can also serve as the inspiration for some terrific writing.

  • The Statue of Liberty: Bringing “The New Colossus” to America

    Created October 6, 2010
    The Statue of Liberty: Statue

    While the French had kept their end of the bargain by completing the statue itself, the Americans had still not fulfilled their commitment to erect a pedestal. In this lesson, students learn about the effort to convince a skeptical American public to contribute to the effort to erect a pedestal and to bring the Statue of Liberty to New York.

  • Portraits: I've Just Seen a Face

    Created September 27, 2010
    Portraits: Boy with Saturday Evening Post

    Students learn to analyze a variety of portraits, both literary and visual.

  • The Statue of Liberty: The Meaning and Use of a National Symbol

    Created September 27, 2010
    The Statue of Liberty

    Help clarify the nature of symbols for your students as they study the Statue of Liberty, complete research on a national symbol, and use their research to communicate a message of their own.