Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 10

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"In this lesson students will continue their analysis of Emily Dickinson’s poem “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,” and explore how Dickinson develops the central idea of madness through the funeral metaphor. Students will participate in a group gallery walk activity, collaboratively generating observations around the development of a central idea. Through a series of guided questions, students will make meaning of Dickinson’s extended metaphor, of the funeral service (and burial), and consider the speaker’s experience as he/she grapples with a deteriorating mental state and isolation. Students will complete this lesson with a Quick Write that prompts them to consider an emerging central idea of madness. "

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course...
RL.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and...
W.9-10.9.a Apply grades 9–10 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Analyze how an author draws on and...

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