Walt Whitman: From Song of Myself

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Looking for a resource that models how to read and analyze a poem? Check out this packet that uses sections of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" to demonstrate how to paraphrase, note literary elements, and identify the poet's inferences.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Rather than copying the 10-page packet, project the pages and work through the sections together with the whole class
  • Provide class members with the link to the packet and assign as homework
  • Cover the "In Other Words" for the last two sections of the poem and have class members offer their own paraphrases
Classroom Considerations

  • The packet would have to be copied in color in order to be legible
Pros

  • Models how to ask questions that unpack the text as well as how to paraphrase the poem
Cons

  • Does not ask readers to paraphrase any of the passages; instead, readers simply identify literary elements