Whitman and the American ‘Romantic’ Nature

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Pupils read a short biography of Walt Whitman and a portion of Whitman's epic poem "Song of Myself." Readers then respond to a series of comprehension questions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • If using the worksheet for guided practice, model how to use sentence context to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words like loafe and abeyance
  • Include in the study of Whitman and poems from Leaves of Grass
  • Have class members craft their own "Song of Myself"
Classroom Considerations

  • Print a test copy of the worksheet in black and white to check for legibility
  • Scholars should be familiar with the characteristics of American romanticism and realism
Pros

  • Also includes discussion questions for pairs or small groups
Cons

  • No answer key included