Grade 10 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 3

Poets write love letters all the time, but how often do the objects of their love write back? Compare Christopher Marlowe's "A Passionate Shepard to His Love" to Sir Walter Raleigh's response, "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" with an engaging language arts lesson. Tenth graders draw comparisons between the poems, focusing on the ways that the structure and word choice impacts the tone of each poem.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Prompt your class to share their written responses to the Quickwrite with small groups or partners
  • Project both poems onto the whiteboard to explicitly draw comparisons between the poems
Classroom Considerations
  • The third lesson of seven in a literary analysis unit
  • Homework assignment provides time for learners to find an independent reading book, but you can eliminate that part of the lesson if you're limited on time
  • Promotes deep reading and analysis skills
  • Video link works and enhances the lesson
  • Comes with a full version of the unit, as well as a full version of the module
  • Provides copies of each poem in different formats
  • None