Teacher Guide

Leaves of Grass Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    Understand Walt Whitman's importance as perhaps the most significant American poet, and his influence on subsequent generations, specifically the Beat generation.

  2. 2

    Understand and be able to discuss Whitman's ideas about individualism and democracy, in religious, political, and literary contexts.

  3. 3

    Understand how the Civil War affected Whitman's writing and create sophisticated analyses of his elegies for Abraham Lincoln.

  4. 4

    Appreciate free verse poetry.

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