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Lesson Plans for 11th Grade English

The poetry of William Wordsworth helps a reader appreciate the divinity of nature.  The spiritual profundity with which William Wordsworth etches his soul into poems celebrating nature can move students.  In class 11, students will be able to appreciate and analyze poetry at a deeper level.  One of the poems for discussion, analysis and appreciation is “The World is too much with us” by William Wordsworth.  Let us look at a free lesson plan for class 11 English on the poem which can be used as a reference to help students appreciate his poetry.  An English lesson plan will have the following stages: motivation, presentation, practice, creation and consolidation.

Lesson Plan for 11th Std. English

“The World is too much with us” by William Wordsworth

Motivation:  Students are first inspired to listen and observe and have reverence for nature and appreciate nature with a nature mediation clipping with inspirational quotes on nature.  The students are then taken to the school garden where they are encouraged to still their minds completely and meditate in the midst of nature.  They are then asked to write their thoughts on the experience of meditating in the midst of nature.  How often are they tuned to nature and spirituality?  They are asked to write their thoughts and reflections in their reflection diary and share and discuss the same with the entire class.

Presentation:  Students read the poem “The World is too much with us” by William Wordsworth verse by verse silently.  Each verse is discussed in class with the help of an audiovisual presentation.  Discussions regarding divinity and spirituality are facilitated.  Is it better to pray and meditate among artificial constructs or in the midst of nature?  Are the present religious establishments helping us have a reverence for nature?  Various aspects of the theme of the poem are discussed at a deeper level.

Practice:  Students are given various questions on the nuances of the poem, and the answers are shared. Multiple perspectives on the theme of the poem as well as deeper levels of insight and analysis are appreciated and shared with the help of thoughtful questions and discussions.

Creation:  Students go to the school garden where they are encouraged to write nature poems.  The nature poems are shared in the class.  Appreciation, group discussion and self-analysis sessions of the poems are then carried out.

Consolidation:  Students write reflections on the learning experience in their reflection diary.  They are then encouraged to write at least one nature poem in a month and share it with the class to improve their confidence and skills in writing poetry and also to build and enhance their reverence for nature.