Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 11


In this lesson students will complete their reading of “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,” considering how Dickinson uses structural choices to develop the central idea of madness through the funeral metaphor. Students will also explore Dickinson’s use of capitalization, rhyme, and rhythm. This lesson will employ a combination of focused annotation and questions to guide students to an understanding of Emily Dickinson’s structural choices without necessitating formal poetic instruction around meter, rhyme scheme, etc.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course...
RL.9-10.5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g.,...
W.9-10.9.a Apply grades 9–10 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Analyze how an author draws on and...

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