A Poetic Experiment: Walt Whitman, Interpreted by Three Animators

Three animators provide different visual interpretations of Walt Whitman's "A Noiseless Patient Spider." What a great way to generate a discussion of interpretation, mood, and tone.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Pair with a segment or two from Fantasia to model how animators can interpret other genres
  • If kids have access to an animation program, have them create their own interpretation of the poem
  • Or have individuals create a storyboard for the poem
Classroom Considerations

  • Some learners may need an explanation of the three different techniques employed by the artists

  • The packet includes the three videos, discussion questions, background information about Whitman, and an assessment

  • None