This is a suggested teaching schedule for a 10 day class study of the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Lesson plans and handouts can be downloaded individually by clicking on the name of the file in the schedule below. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view these files.
Audio Guide CDs are available only for the communities participating in The Big Read. If your community is participating, contact the lead community organization to receive a free Audio Guide CD. Non-participating communities can listen to the full audio online.
FOCUS: Word Choice and the Value of a Dictionary
Day One Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Biographical Criticism
Day Two Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: The Speaker of a Poem
Day Three Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Imagery and Personification
Day Four Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Figurative Language
Day Five Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Rhythm and Meter
Day Six Lesson Plan [PDF]
Day Seven Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Analyzing a Poem’s Context
Day Eight Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Poetry and Ideas
Day Nine Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: What Makes a Poet Great?
Day Ten Lesson Plan [PDF]
Handout 1: Emily Dickinson and the Victorian “Woman Question” [PDF]
Handout 2: Wild Legacies by Diane Thiel [PDF]
Handout 3: Dickinson’s Final Sorrows [PDF]
Most poems cited in this guide are on the Poetry Foundation’s website. A biography and bibliography are also available there.