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Teach This Poem: "Old South Meeting House" by January Gill O'Neil

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The vaulted ceiling of the Old South Meeting House has heard many voices. Young scholars read an excerpt about its importance in American history and then do a close reading January Gill O'Neil's poem, "Old South Meeting House." After readers record words and phrases that jump out to them, class members compare the information presented in the article excerpt with what they learned about the Old South from the poem.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups investigate and report on current uses of the Old South Meeting House
Classroom Considerations
  • The non-didactic approach is designed to build readers' confidence in their poetry analysis skills
Pros
  • A brief history of the Old South Meeting House is included in the resource
Cons
  • None