Reflection: Lesson Planning Analyzing "Dover Beach" and its Connection to Fahrenheit 451 - Section 2: Dover Beach


Although today's lesson went well, I think it could be even better. The poem uses something visual-- the crash of the waves against the shore-- to describe something abstract-- the ebb and flow of faith through time. Therefore, I wonder if a concentration on the visual in the lesson would help us make the jump to the abstract. Next time, I think I will set up a worksheet where students first draw the image presented in each stanza and then use the image to understand the statement about faith and relationships. The visuals would help clarify the statement about relationships especially. Twice today I asked if this was a love poem. I first asked after the fourth stanza and their answer was an unequivocal no, but when I asked again after the last stanza, there was more debate. I think that if they visually saw two people depending upon each other in order to face the world, they might understand the last stanza, and the overall argument, more.

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Analyzing "Dover Beach" and its Connection to Fahrenheit 451

Unit 10: Fahrenheit 451: The Sieve and the Sand
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: SWBAT cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text by comparing Dover Beach to Fahrenheit 451.

Big Idea: Why does Montag read "Dover Beach" to Mildred and her friends?

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