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Longfellow's Ripple Effect: Journaling With the Poet - "The Song of Hiawatha"

Kelly Clark McQuarrie


6-8, 9-12

  • English Language Arts -- Reading
  • Social Studies -- History

1-2 days

  • 1775-1850
  • 1851-1920
  • Arts
  • The People/Peopling of Maine

This lesson is part of a series of six lesson plans that will give students the opportunity to become familiar with the works of Longfellow while reflecting upon how his works speak to their own experiences.

  • Students will reflect on the poem and create a family tree, record oral history from relatives, or gather recipes that have become part of family traditions.

Materials required:
Journal or writing paper
Various craft supplies: glue, scissors, ribbon
Audio recording device

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A resource developed through the "Longfellow & the Forging of American Identity" program funded by NEH