Doodling 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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SWBAT understand a complex poem through visual aids

Big Idea

How do symbols help us understand big, abstract ideas?

What is Doodling?

10 minutes

To help set the context of the lesson, students start by watching this video about doodling. Briefly discuss whether or not they, as students, doodle while they read or listen to lecture.  Discuss how doodling helps them concentrate and how it can be useful to understanding. 


The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

5 minutes

Next,  they read aloud the poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" doodling what they see while they read. Pause every so often to let students catch up and to finish a doodle.  If time allows, give them breaks to share their doodles and to reflect on the poem and what it means. 

Here is an elaborate example of a Doodle, not that they should be that detailed. But I want them to doodle the lines that stick out to them.  Preface the reading of the poem with the question: 

Have you ever done something you regret?  Did you tell anyone about it?  Why or why not?


Doodling While Reading

35 minutes

While the students read the poem, another student came up to the white board and drew what she heard. This motivated the students to doodle as they listened and took turns reading. 


After they are done reading the poem:  have them answer these questions:

1. How is the theme of crime and punishment developed in the poem?

2. Is the mariner guilty of a crime?

3. Why must the Mariner continue with his penance -- why must he repeat his tale to everyone he can fix with his gaze?