Lesson Plans and Worksheets
Browse by Subject
Wallace Stevens Teacher Resources
Find Wallace Stevens educational ideas and activities
Students analyze modernist poetry and the role of speaker in example poems. In this modernist poetry lesson, students identify a poem's speaker and common poetic devices. Students analyze modernist poems from Romanticism and Victorian periods as well as Wallace Stevens' modernist 'Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.'Students write an analysis of two poems and read a Robert Frost poem.
How does one become a catalyst for change? What are the challenges faced by those who take a stand for change? What part do the arts play in cultural change? Using primary and secondary sources from the 1920s and 1930s, class members explore these questions and craft an essay that presents their reflections. The packet includes a brief plan but the real value is in the resources included. Provided are a resource list, a reflective essay writing assignment, rubric, and exemplary writing sample. In addition, templates for “Power Quotes,” historic events, famous people, significant art and architecture, education issues, fads, fashions, literature, music, and radio shows are provided.
Ninth graders analyze a given quote about history and identify the concept that inspired it. In this history lesson, 9th graders research current and historical events, figures, and relationships. Students develop a lesson plan that uses this research to teach the quote/concept to classmates.
Students analyze photographs and poetry as forms of each other. In this poetry and photography analysis instructional activity, students use the photographs of Alfred Stieglitz and poetry from William Carlos William to explore how poetry and painting are alike. Students write a detailed description of their forms. Students use the EDSITEment website to find other poetry and photography examples for the instructional activity.
Students consider, both as a class and individually, what they like or dislike in poetry. They find a poem that appeals to them and write a reflection paper on why they like their particular poem. They read their poems aloud in class, explain them and discuss what the poem means to them personally.
Students consider the elements involved in reading poetry aloud. They discuss different poetic forms and how the choices a reader makes in tone, emphasis, breaths, and pauses can affect the listener's interpretation and understanding of the peom. After hearing different readings of different poems, students write reflections on what the poems mean to them.
Students investigate artwork and poetry. In this poetry lesson, students view a Mary Cassatt painting and answer observation and analysis questions to help them write poetry and prose about the work. As a follow-up activity, students go to an art museum and select a piece of art to which they respond emotionally and repeat the classroom exercise to write another original poem.
Students participate in reading various poems in order to complete different activities. In groups, they compare and contrast the writing style and subject matter of two different author's poems. They practice writing poems on different topics to introduce them to all types.