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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|
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students will research, read, clarify, analyze, and interpret John Berryman’s poetry and create a sustained evaluation of a given poem in a three- to four-page essay.
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.
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  April 13
Students focus on the figurative language in Heaney's poem, "Digging," and discuss the speaker's attitude, and how metaphor, simile, and image contribute to the poem.
Grades 6 – 12 | Strategy Guide
This guide provides strategies for choosing text that is appropriate for close reading and to plan for instruction.
Grades K – 12 | Professional Library | Book
Student engagement with community becomes the centerpiece of the book, an engagement that takes place across disciplines through projects involving history, environment, culture, and much more.