Teacher Guide

Emily Dickinson's Collected Poems 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

    Develop a thorough understanding of the elements of Dickinson’s life that shaped her worldview and her writings;

  2. 2

    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;

  3. 3

    Analyze and discuss, both individually and as a class, the important and common themes in Dickinson’s poetry;

  4. 4

    Compare and contrast the different ways that common themes are portrayed in different poems, especially in consideration of the elements in...

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