Emily Dickinson's Symbolism: Exploring Multiple Meanings

Teach symbolism through the song “Papa Above!” 

By: Patricia Finn & Dr. Susan Key
Estimated Time: 40 Minutes
Specific Reccomendation: 11th grade Language Arts

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Lesson Details

Goals/ Objectives:

  • Identify symbolism in “Papa Above!”
  • Determine Dickinson’s response to death in “Papa Above!” as reflected in both poetry and music

Common Core Standards:

  • RL.11-12.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone
  • W.11-12.9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research

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