This is a suggested teaching schedule for a 10 day class study of the poetry of Robinson Jeffers. 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: Poetry of Place
Day One Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Historical Criticism
Day Two Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Biographical Criticism and the Speaker of a Poem
Day Three Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Word Choice and the Value of a Dictionary
Day Four Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Poetry and Ideas
Day Five Lesson Plan [PDF]
Day Six Lesson Plan [PDF]
Day Seven Lesson Plan [PDF]
Day Eight Lesson Plan [PDF]
Day Nine Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: What Makes a Poet Great?
Day Ten Lesson Plan [PDF]
Handout 1: Jeffers’s Inhumanism [PDF]
Handout 2: Jeffers and the Central California Coast [PDF]
Handout 3: Rock and Hawk [PDF]
Jeffers' poems remain protected by copyright, but may be printed from the Poetry Foundation's website. Go to the Poetry Tool and search by the poet's name, or each poem's title. All the poems cited in this guide are available on their website.