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Poetry & Literary Criticism Through an Ecological Lens
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Poetry & Literary Criticism Through an Ecological Lens


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Grade Level Grades 11-12
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards

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In this lesson, students explore the concept of ecocriticism, analyze a brief text, and write a short poem with an ecocritical lens.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students take a virtual or actual nature walk and take notes on their observations.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students learn about literary criticism, take notes on ecocriticism, and analyze a short story through the lens of ecocriticism.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students write a short poem using notes from their nature walk and write a brief artist statement through the lens of ecocriticism.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Analyze a text through an ecocritical lens.
  • Write a short poem to inspire climate action.
  • Apply an ecocritical lens to an original poem.

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Literature Through Nature.pdf

Lesson Plan
January 12, 2024
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Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).


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