The lesson contains a topical material for the formation of literary competence of would-be teachers on the material of H.Longfellow's life and work. The material and tasks of the lesson allow to develop students' learning autonomy, their critical thinking and to create conditions for creative self-development and self-realization. The article also offers its author's translation of "Afternoon in February" by H.Longfellow.
Keywords: H.Longfellow, life and work, poetry, literary analysis
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Lesson Plan
- to introduce students to the life and work of Longfellow;
- to develop an interest and an appreciation of Longfellow’s poetry;
- to develop critical thinking and analytical skills;
- to promote learners' autonomy;
- to develop creativity;
- to promote students' interest in American literature.
''We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.''
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: a biographical background
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) was an influential American poet, translator and professor at Harvard University. Longfellow’s most significant work is, perhaps, " Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie ." During his life time, Longfellow was considered the best of all American poets, and his work was widely translated and published in other European languages: Italian, German and French to note a few. He is the only American to be honored with a bust placed in the Poet’s Corner of Westminster Abbey.
1.2. Complete the biographical file using the following links:
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1.3. Answer the questions:
- Where and when did Longfellow publish his first poem?
- What are the themes of Longfellow's writings?
- What is the best-known poem by Longfellow?
- Was he a successful and recognized poet during his lifetime?
-What was his contribution to American literature?