Poetry

Lesson 13

Objective

Explain how the narrative point of view affects the theme of heroization in the poem. 

Readings and Materials

Target Task

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Question 1

Read the poem “Harriet Tubman.” What is the narrative point of view? 

A.

First person

B.

Second person

C.

Third person

D.

Third person limited

E.

Omniscient

Which detail from stanza 2 best supports the answer above?

A.

“‘Farewell!’ she sang to her friends one night”

B.

“She was mighty sad to leave ‘em”

C.

“But she ran away that dark, not night”

D.

“She ran to the woods and she ran through the woods” 

Question 2

How does the speaker heroize Harriet Tubman? Make sure to include details in your text.

Key Questions

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Read “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

  • What is the narrative point of view? Which detail best supports your answer?
  • How does Longfellow heroize Paul Revere? Make sure to include details in your answer.
  • Why do you think Longfellow chose to write a poem to remember this great hero rather than write a story in prose?

Read “Oh Captain! My Captain!” by Walt Whitman. 

  • What is the narrative point of view? Which detail best supports your answer?
  • How does Whitman heroize President Lincoln? What poetic devices does he use? Make sure to include details in your answer.
  • How does the point of view affect the tone in the poem? Which diction best supports your answer?
  • What other poetic devices does Whitman use to convey the tone of his poem? 
  • Why do you think Whitman chose to write a poem to remember this great hero rather than write a story in prose?

Read “Frederick Douglass” by Robert Hayden. 

  • What is the narrative point of view? Which detail best supports your answer?
  • How does Hayden heroize Frederick Douglas? Make sure to include details in your answer.
  • How does the point of view affect the theme in the poem? Which diction best supports your answer?

Vocabulary

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heroize

Notes

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This lesson connects to a unit test and essential question.

Common Core Standards

  • RL.6.2 — Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

  • RL.6.6 — Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.