Grade 9 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 10

An engaging unit connects Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson's shared themes of madness and departure from reality. The 10th lesson in the unit explores Dickinson's figurative language and structure choices in "I Felt a Funeral, in my Brain" with a gallery walk, literary discussion, and annotation exercise.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Project the poem onto the whiteboard for annotation practice
  • Host the gallery walk around your classroom or a multipurpose room for larger groups
  • Have pairs illustrate their interpretation of the poem using no words
Classroom Considerations

  • Younger or struggling readers may need more assistance interpreting the poem
  • The 10th lesson in a 13-part unit
  • Refer to page 8 of the module overview for a link to the poem, or locate the poem on your website of choice

  • Emphasizes the focus on Common Core standards, particularly RL.9-10.5 
  • Walks learners through the poem's events and structure, stanza by stanza

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