Grade 10 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 5

If you've ever wished you could respond to an author's message, a instructional activity that connects three poems with the same concept will appeal to you. Based on the first few lessons' focus on Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepard to His Love" and Sir Walter Raleigh's "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepard," the fifth instructional activity in the unit adds William Carlos Williams's "Raleigh Was Right" to the conversation. Tenth graders decide how figurative language contributes to the tone and central idea of all three poems.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners journal their feelings about the first two poems in the unit, and encourage them to discuss their opinions with an elbow partner
  • Project all three poems onto the board to allow your class access to each of them at once
Classroom Considerations
  • Audio link does not connect directly to the reading it describes
  • The fifth part of a seven-lesson unit on literary analysis
  • Encourages close reading and discussion skills in language arts
  • Builds on skills from the four previous lessons
  • None
Common Core