This is a suggested teaching schedule for a 10 day class study of the poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Lesson plans and handouts can be downloaded individually by clicking on the name of the file in the schedule below. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view these files.
Audio Guide CDs are available only for the communities participating in The Big Read. If your community is participating, contact the lead community organization to receive a free Audio Guide CD. Non-participating communities can listen to the full audio online.
FOCUS: Word Choice and the Value of a Dictionary
Day One Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Biographical Criticism and theSpeaker of a Poem
Day Two Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: The Sonnet
Day Three Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Figurative Language
Day Four Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Form, Rhythm, and Meter
Day Five Lesson Plan [PDF]
Day Six Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Narrative Poetry, Meter, and Voice
Day Seven Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Narrative Poetry and Characters
Day Eight Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Analyzing a Poem's Context
Day Nine Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: What Makes a Great Poet?
Day Ten Lesson Plan [PDF]
Handout 1: Longfellow and Multiculturalism [PDF]
Handout 2: The Landlord’s Tale: “Paul Revere’s Ride” [PDF]
Handout 3: Longfellow’s The Song of Hiawatha [PDF]