Grade 9 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 9

Continue analyzing literature using textual evidence with a lesson focused on "I Felt A Funeral, in my Brain" by Emily Dickinson. Ninth graders bring their annotation skills and knowledge of figurative language from the previous eight sessions in the unit to the lesson, focusing on the imagery and the extended metaphor in the poem.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Implement the unit as a whole, or use the Emily Dickinson section (lessons 9-13) within a larger poetry unit
  • Split the class into small literature circles to share their impressions and to answer discussion questions
Classroom Considerations

  • You can find a link to the poem on page 8 of the module overview, or you can locate the poem on your website of choice
  • The attached unit overview offers instruction tips and guidance
  • Funeral imagery might be difficult for some individuals who have lost loved ones
Pros

  • Comes with assessment tools and Common Core-aligned discussion questions
  • Provides full unit and module files
  • Connects a central idea in Poe's short story to Dickinson's poem
Cons

  • None