Day 5

O Pioneers Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Whitman and Cather

    Kind of Activity:

    Individual Writing

    Objective:

    To relate the namesake of the book, Walt Whitman's "Pioneers! O Pioneers!", to the themes and structure of the narrative

    Common Core Standards:

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.7; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.9, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.9

    Structure:

    Cather named her book after Walt Whitman's "Pioneers! O Pioneers!", from his seminal Leaves of Grass. Students should read the poem (available online or within hard copies of Leaves of Grass) or listen to a performance of the piece, such as the well-known reading by Will Geer, and answer the following questions in individual writing exercises:

    1) Why...

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