The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers: Word Choice and the Value of a Dictionary

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Poets generally choose each word carefully, and Robinson Jeffers is no exception to this rule. Look closely at Jeffers' word choice in "Inscription for a Gravestone" and "The Deer Lay Down Their Bones" through discussion and writing. After choosing intriguing words as a class, send small groups off to look up these words in several different reference books and report their findings. Pupils also write essays that describe the tone, syntax, and diction in Jeffers' poems, keeping in mind his knowledge of etymology and language.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • The lesson requires pupils to collaborate and think deeply about language and word meaning
  • Some vocabulary and a homework assignment is provided
Cons

  • Some learners may benefit from additional scaffolding for the writing assignment