Walt Whitman: Journalist and Poet

Can you love something so much you want to change it? Young patriots investigate Walt Whitman's love of America—and his suggestions to improve it—using primary sources as well as video evidence. Scholars research American issues of the past and present to create a 21st-Century version of "I Hear America Singing."

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Prior to the lesson, brainstorm with the class the qualities of the school that are great and also those that need improvement 
  • Read I Hear America Singing aloud to the class to aid audio learners with the lesson
  • Include Langston Hughes' poem "I, Too Sing America" as a model for the update assignment
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson should take about 20-40 minutes 
Pros

  • Video clip holds the interest of both audio and visual learners 
  • Resource includes a printable graphic organizer for classroom use 
Cons

  • None
Common Core