ERIC Number: ED476529
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun-10
1900 America: Historical Voices, Poetic Visions. Learning Page Lesson Plan.
Beckmann, Chris; Gehler, David
To better understand the turn-of-the-century United States, this interdisciplinary lesson (covering 6-8 weeks) integrates use of primary resources with historical and literary analysis. Students work in groups and express themselves creatively through a multi-media epic poem. The artistic models for the students' multi-media epic poem are Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" (1855) and Hart Crane's "The Bridge" (1930). While completing this unit, students will: identify and interpret primary source documents within an historical context; evaluate and appreciate the dynamic nature life in the United States in a time of transition; recognize and then employ poetic skills: line, metaphor, symbol, image, form, meter, and other stylistic considerations; and integrate creative writing, historical analysis, and technology. This 10th through 12th grade lesson plan is suited for American History or American Literature, preferably together. (PM)
Descriptors: Epics, Group Instruction, High Schools, Integrated Activities, Lesson Plans, Literary Criticism, Mass Media Use, Primary Sources, Technology Uses in Education, United States History, United States Literature
The Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20540. Tel: 202-707-5000. For full text: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/lessons/index.html.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.