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Information about the fireside poets and outline of a student project to go along with these poets

Information about the fireside poets and outline of a student project to go along with these poets

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    • America's First Literary Stars The Fireside Poets
    • What are the Fireside Poets?
      • First group of American poets to rival British poets in popularity in either country.
      • Notable for their scholarship and the resilience of their lines and themes.
      • Preferred conventional forms over experimentation.
      • Often used American legends and scenes of American life as their subject matter.
    • What are the Fireside Poets?
      • Their works were particularly suitable for memorization and recitation, both in schools and at home
      • It became a source of entertainment for families gathered around the fire; thus, these gatherings became known as “Fireside Chats”
      • The poets were given the nickname “Fireside Poets”
    • Who were the Fireside Poets?
      • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
      • William Cullen Bryant
      • James Russell Lowell
      • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
      • John Greenleaf Whittier
    • Lasting Impact
      • Longfellow
        • Remained the most popular American poet for decades
        • The only American poet to be immortalized by a bust in Westminster Abbey’s Poets’ Corner
      • Took on causes in their poetry, such as the abolition of slavery, which brought the issues to the forefront in an acceptable way
      • Through their scholarship and editorial efforts, they paved the way for later Romantic writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman
    • Fireside Project
      • The class will be divided into five groups, each group taking a different fireside poet
        • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
        • William Cullen Bryant
        • James Russell Lowell
        • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
        • John Greenleaf Whittier
    • Fireside Project
      • You will then do research in your groups to find out information about your poet
        • Individually
          • Biographical information
            • Early Years
            • Later Years
          • Their causes/beliefs/passions
          • Subject matter of their poetry
          • Popular titles
        • Together - select and print a poem you like by this poet (All print the same poem)
    • Fireside Project
      • Share research findings with group
      • Create an outline with a Bibliography (each member must do this)
        • Each person’s outline and bibliography will be turned in for grading
        • One person’s outline and bibliography will be graded
        • Make sure everyone’s is correct!
    • Fireside Chat Project
      • Put together a presentation
      • Your presentation
        • Needs to give notes to your other classmates on the poet
        • Reenact a fireside chat
        • Everyone must have a speaking part in the presentation
        • All parts need to be memorized (especially the poem)