Teacher Guide

Walt Whitman: 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

    Students will practice close-reading poems for literal and figurative meaning.

  2. 2

    Students will think and write analytically about poetry, using examples from the text to support arguments about how poems function.

  3. 3

    Students will become familiar with Walt Whitman's life and work and its greater impact on American literature.

  4. 4

    Students will become familiar with transcendentalism and realism in American literature and will identify aspects of the movements in Whitman's poetry.

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