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Thinking Inductively: A Close Reading of Seamus Heaney’s “Blackberry Picking”
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Two 50-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
Blackboard, whiteboard, overhead projector, or chart for compiling class responses
Grades 9 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
Literary Graffiti, a high school version of the Doodle Splash student interactive, also aims to teach students to visualize what they are reading to help them develop as readers.
- Homework Questions for “Blackberry Picking”
- Inductive Lesson: Seamus Heaney’s “Blackberry Picking”
- Inductive Lesson Rubric
- Poetry Reading: "Blackberry Picking"
- Poetry Explications
A poetry explication is a relatively short analysis which describes the possible meanings and relationships of the words, images, and other small units that make up a poem.
- Read the poem and complete the handout prior to teaching the lesson so you will be better able to anticipate and guide student thinking throughout the activity.
- Make copies of “Blackberry Picking” and the Inductive Lesson handout for students. If desired, make copies or an overhead transparency of the Homework Questions.
- Test the Literary Graffiti interactive on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.
- For background information on writing a formal poetry explication, see Poetry Explications.