Add rigor to your students’ enjoyment of Dead Poets Society with these three separate lessons that focus on the poetry Mr. Keating presents to his students in the film. All work as stand-alone lessons, too!

Poetry of Dead Poets Society, Analyze 3 Poems, Add Rigor to Film Study, Whitman

Add rigor to your students’ enjoyment of Dead Poets Society with these three separate lessons that focus on the poetry Mr. Keating presents to his students in the film. All work as stand-alone lessons, too!

Add rigor to your students’ enjoyment of Dead Poets Society with these three separate lessons that focus on the poetry Mr. Keating presents to his students in the film. #DeadPoetsSociety #WaltWhitman

Poetry of Dead Poets Society, Analyze 3 Poems, Add Rigor to Film Study, Whitman

Add rigor to your students’ enjoyment of Dead Poets Society with these three separate lessons that focus on the poetry Mr. Keating presents to his students in the film. #DeadPoetsSociety #WaltWhitman

"So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use 'very sad,' use 'morose.' Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do." – Dead Poets Society

Poetry of Dead Poets Society, Analyze 3 Poems, Add Rigor to Film Study, Whitman

"So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use 'very sad,' use 'morose.' Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do." – Dead Poets Society

Poetry of Dead Poets Society, Dig Deep to Analyze 3 Poems in Film, Walt Whitman

Poetry of Dead Poets Society, Analyze 3 Poems, Add Rigor to Film Study, Whitman

Poetry of Dead Poets Society, Dig Deep to Analyze 3 Poems in Film, Walt Whitman

Make a study of poetry compelling and relevant to your students’ lives. In the film Dead Poets Society, Robin Williams famously delivers portions of Walt Whitman’s beloved “O Captain! My Captain!” poem. This funeral dirge serves as a compelling extended metaphor for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln just days after the end of the Civil War. Use this 45-minute lesson to pull your students into this classic Walt Whitman text, which they’ll compare to a poem written by W.H. Auden…

O Captain! My Captain! Walt Whitman Compare & Contrast Poetry, CCSS-aligned

Make a study of poetry compelling and relevant to your students’ lives. In the film Dead Poets Society, Robin Williams famously delivers portions of Walt Whitman’s beloved “O Captain! My Captain!” poem. This funeral dirge serves as a compelling extended metaphor for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln just days after the end of the Civil War. Use this 45-minute lesson to pull your students into this classic Walt Whitman text, which they’ll compare to a poem written by W.H. Auden…

English or Psychology Dead Poets Society Movie Guide includes questions and a comparison of your school to add into the worksheet...

Dead Poets Society Movie Guide & Comparison Analysis Worksheet

English or Psychology Dead Poets Society Movie Guide includes questions and a comparison of your school to add into the worksheet...

Make a study of poetry compelling and relevant to your students’ lives. Click here for print-and-teach materials!

Gather Ye Rosebuds... Poetry Analysis Worksheet for Robert Herrick’s Poem

Make a study of poetry compelling and relevant to your students’ lives. Click here for print-and-teach materials!

Add rigor to your students' enjoyment of Dead Poets Society or use this as a stand-alone lesson about Walt Whitman's poetry.

Walt Whitman, O Me! O Life!, Poetry Analysis & Non-Fiction Media Literacy

Add rigor to your students' enjoyment of Dead Poets Society or use this as a stand-alone lesson about Walt Whitman's poetry.

This Dead Poets Society Film Unit is one of my very favorite units to teach!  I save it for a time when my students need a break after completing a rigorous novel or writing a difficult essay.  It is a great way to use the inspirational movie to teach characterization, interpretation, poetry analysis and writing.

Dead Poets Society Film Unit with poetry analysis, writing prompts and more

This Dead Poets Society Film Unit is one of my very favorite units to teach! I save it for a time when my students need a break after completing a rigorous novel or writing a difficult essay. It is a great way to use the inspirational movie to teach characterization, interpretation, poetry analysis and writing.

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