If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:
Students will practice close-reading poems for literal and figurative meaning.
Students will think and write analytically about poetry, using examples from the text to support arguments about how poems function.
Students will become familiar with Walt Whitman's life and work and its greater impact on American literature.
Students will become familiar with transcendentalism and realism in American literature and will identify aspects of the movements in Whitman's poetry.