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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


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