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Spoon River Anthology Teaching Unit

Spoon River Anthology Teaching Unit

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  • Select three Spoon River characters who use extended metaphors based on their occupations to express their views of life. Write an essay explaining how the metaphors are developed and how this is linked to the characters’ views on life.
  • Select three epitaphs related to the “power of the press”; write an essay discussing how the newspaper has been used in a harmful way.
  • Write an essay describing Masters’ effective use of literary allusions in three epitaphs; include how the allusion is linked to the theme of each epitaph.
  • Select and discuss three epitaphs that reflect Masters’ pessimistic view of politics in Spoon River.
  • Select two epitaphs that show a positive view of marriage and two epitaphs that show a negative view of marriage. Write an essay in which you contrast these sets of epitaphs, focusing on the literary device(s) used to express those views.
  • Select three epitaphs that deal with war; develop an essay that discusses the attitudes toward war expressed in these epitaphs.
  • Select three epitaphs that might be seen as ironically humorous; discuss the element of humor in each.
  • Relate the actual historical event of the Haymarket Square riot in Chicago to Carl Hamblin’s epitaph.

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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.

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