HotChalk Lesson Plans from provides an excellent high school language arts lesson studying four “America” poems to show how gender and race influence a poet’s viewpoint. HotChalk posts lesson plans by teachers for teachers. The goal of the lesson is for students to see how a poet’s attitudes, thoughts, and feelings towards America affect his or her poetry. Poems included are Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA, Walt Whitman’s I Hear America Singing, Langston Hughes’s Let America Be America Again, and Adrenne Rich’s From an Atlas of the Difficult World. This lesson was shared by Ashley Brence of Pennsylvania. Go to the lesson here.

4th of July America Poems

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