If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:
Develop a thorough understanding of the elements of Dickinson’s life that shaped her worldview and her writings;
Read Dickinson’s poetry with an eye to the linguistic and thematic details that Dickinson is known for, and recognize the broader themes present through Dickinson’s poetic oeuvre;
Analyze and discuss, both individually and as a class, the important and common themes in Dickinson’s poetry;
Compare and contrast the different ways that common themes are portrayed in different poems, especially in consideration of the elements in...