TEACHER'S GUIDE: SUGGESTIONS FOR CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
- Examples of poems the groups may want to read include Emerson's "Concord Hymn" and Longfellow's "Paul Revere's Ride," both of which were taught to generations of American schoolchildren.
- You may want to ask students whether they are familiar with the current poet laureate. How many members of the class read poetry on their own, and why do they enjoy it? Why do other students not read poetry? How many members of the class write poetry -- including song lyrics? What issues do they wish to address in these writings?
- Possible questions include: What was life really like inside a tenement? What happened to all the animal waste that accumulated on the street? What kinds of plays were popular at the time? Was crime a serious problem, and if so, what kinds of crime were most common?
- Students may want to learn more about a particular person because he or she came from the student's community, shares the student's first or last name, or for any other reason. In many cases, an online search that includes the person's name and home town will generate biographical information on the person in question.
- "Song of Myself" was not titled as such in the 1855 edition; it is the first poem in the collection. "Word Out of the Sea" was later called "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking."
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