Elegy for Lincoln: Walt Whitman’s Poem

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Walt Whitman's "O Captain! My Captain!" is one of the most famous and emotional tributes to Abraham Lincoln. Guide readers through the evocative elegy with a reading comprehension activity, complete with the poem's text and a photograph of Lincoln.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Include in a unit on Lincoln, the Civil War, or poetic forms
  • Have class members write their own poems in Whitman's format, discussing a time when someone they loved died, or one that reflects a character's reaction to a death 
Classroom Considerations

  • Some of the worksheet is in color, including the picture of Lincoln and the background of the poem
  • Best used with another lesson or activity about the poem, as the worksheet offers four comprehension questions without extension exercises
Pros

  • Comes with an answer key for comprehension questions
  • Questions address different elements of figurative language, including symbolism, allusion, and alliteration
Cons

  • None
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