Walt Whitman and Music: Melody and Metaphor

Teach about metaphors and analogies through Walt Whitman’s “As I Watch’d the Plowman Plowing”

By: Patricia Finn & Dr. Susan Key
Estimated Time: 20 - 25 Minutes
Specific Reccomendation: 6th - 8th grade Language Arts

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Lesson Details

Goals/Objectives:

  • Define “metaphor” and “analogy”
  • Identify metaphors in Walt Whitman’s “As I Watch’d the Plowman Plowing”
  • Identify how the music of “As I Watch’d the Plowman Plowing” supports the text

Common Core Standards:

  • L. 6.5, 7.5, 8.5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings

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