Teach This Poem, though developed with a classroom in mind, can be easily adapted for remote-learning, hybrid-learning models, or in-person classes. Please see our suggestions for how to adapt this lesson for remote or blended learning. We have also noted suggestions when applicable and will continue to add to these suggestions online.
Look closely at this photo, titled “What sorcery within a night has made a city street into a fairy glade?” from the Library of Congress.
The following activities and questions are designed to help your students use their noticing skills to move through the poem and develop their thinking about its meaning with confidence, using what they’ve noticed as evidence for their interpretations. Read more about the framework upon which these activities are based.
“I plucked my soul out of its secret place, / And held it to the mirror of my eye, / To see it like a star against the sky… ” Find another Teach This Poem lesson featuring “I Know My Soul” by Claude McKay.
This week’s poetic term is ode, a formal address to an event, a person, or a thing not present. Read more.