Lesson

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson with Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe

Lesson Overview

As Cricket, the main character in Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe, searches for her mother, she is reminded of one of her mother’s favorite poems by Emily Dickinson, “Hope is the thing with feathers”. Students will use the book to learn more about Emily Dickinson and her poetry.

Duration
1-2 hours
Lesson Type
Project Based Lesson

Essential Question

How are some of the themes of Emily Dickinson’s poetry reflected in the book Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe?

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Other Instructional Materials or Notes:

6, 7, 8

English Language Arts

Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Watson Hackl
“About Emily Dickinson” handout
Markers, colored pencils, watercolors, or other media

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Lesson Created By: SamanthaBell, Jo Watson Hackl