Day 5

Leaves of Grass Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    The Poet, Updated

    Kind of Activity:

    Group Discussion


    Students will be able to update Emerson's ideas about a national poet for the modern age

    Common Core Standards:



    Divide students into small groups.

    Instruct each group to have a structured discussion about Emerson's essay "The Poet." First they should go over the essay together, annotating it and noting the various points Emerson makes about the importance of a national poet. They should turn these points into a list: What are the characteristics, and what are the tasks at hand, for America's national poet? Students should then work...

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