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Thinking Inductively: A Close Reading of Seamus Heaney’s “Blackberry Picking”

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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
Lesson Author

Lane Dye

Lane Dye

Kennesaw, Georgia


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






Blackboard, whiteboard, overhead projector, or chart for compiling class responses

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Literary Graffiti

Grades   9 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Literary Graffiti

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.


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  • 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.

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