Teacher Guide

Songs of Innocence and of Experience 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 Blake’s life that shaped his worldview and his writings;

  2. 2

    Read Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience with an eye to the linguistic and thematic details that Blake is known for, and recognize the broader themes present through Blake’s poetic oeuvre;

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    Speak and write insightfully about the important themes in Blake’s poetry, demonstrating an ability to make a clear and articulate...

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