Lesson plans and teaching resources
Biography at Wikipedia.
Queen Victoria's Scrapbook
Artifacts and insights related to the life and reign of Queen Victoria.
John Clare: Poems
A brief biography and text of 52 different poems. Printable; requires Adobe Reader for access.
Students will be introduced to the rhyme scheme 'ABAB'. They will also explore the theme of first love, drawing comparisons between romantic love and mature love, and exploring how love develops over time.
Text Analysis Practice
Students read "First Love" and use a graphic organizer to analyze it. The handout includes a structure for an analytical paragraph (Point, Quote, Comment), suggestions for conclusions, and a checklist. Word processor required for access.
This lesson focuses on tone and mood.
YouTube video presentations of the poem. Choose the one that will work best for your students.
John Clare: Sonnet - "I love to see the summer..."
Background, analysis, and ideas for responding to the poem.
John Clare: Sonnet
Among the teaching materials here, don't miss the video. Images and voice help students visualize the scene.