Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Singing of Yourself & Others: Whitman's "Song of Myself" - Section 3: "Song of Myself", Discussion of Whitman


It seems the anonymity of the written answers provided motivation my students don't always have when sharing in class; t's notable that many of my "quiet" students were up writing their responses on the board today. In the video, many of the students lines up at the board are those that do not put their hands up or seek me out for conversation, but given the opportunity to share their thoughts, took it. As the semester goes on, I will certainly be providing addition opportunities for anonymous participation, as well as for the whole-class or small-group discussion, in order to build these students' motivation and confidence. 

It's also worth noting that while all four of the examples I gave here are positive in tone, there were many students to openly disliked Whitman's style or disagreed with Whitman's sentiments; I appreciated seeing the wide variety of reactions from the students and their support of their point of view. As is typical, this assignment revealed that the biggest area in need of improvement is writing conclusion sentences.  

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Singing of Yourself & Others: Whitman's "Song of Myself"

Unit 13: Literacy: Figurative Language in the Poetry of Whitman & Dickinson
Lesson 6 of 6

Objective: SWBAT propel a well-reasoned exchange of ideas on tone and figures of speech by referring to evidence found in Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself," and analyze how main ideas about Whitman's time period are presented in order to clearly share their findings with the class.

Big Idea: Students sing of themselves and celebrate themselves, and analyze some poetry, too.

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English / Language Arts, tone (Literary Terms), realism, Literature, poetry (Analysis), Poetry, Walt Whitman, historical background, historical context, Song of Myself, figures of speech
  50 minutes
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