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Day 2: "The Railway Train" by Emily Dickinson

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/7/4
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This lesson plan has students analyze the extended metaphor that Dickinson uses in the poem. By rereading with this lens, the students will gain a deeper understanding of how the author views the train, through her comparison of the train to a horse. This metaphorical language gives the train qualities like curiosity and arrogance, and gives the reader perspective on how methods of transportation developed over time (i.e. from being by horse to being by train). Students will be looking specifically at words and phrases used in the poem to compare the train to the horse, and they will be asked to describe these comparisons. Special Materials: A copy of "The Railway Train" by Emily Dickinson Student Notes Sheet