The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: Figurative Language

Extend your instruction on similes and metaphors with a lesson on Emily Dickinson's "Hope is the thing with feathers" and "There is no Frigate like a Book." After a discussion on the images of each poem and their meanings, kids write an analysis on the difference between light and darkness in "Tell all the truth but tell it slant" and how it relates to truth. They then read two additional poems to prepare for the following lesson in the unit.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Both discussion and writing activities provide opportunities for extension
  • Vocabulary section helps learners with the more difficult words in the selection
Cons

  • You will need to find the poems on your own through the link provided on the unit's main page