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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard eNotes Teaching Guide

by eNotes

  • Release Date: October 09, 2019
  • Subjects: Language Arts and Literature
  • Age Levels: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, and Grade 9
  • Pages: 11
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So you’re going to teach “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard,” a classic poem that has been a mainstay in English classes for generations. Whether it’s the first time or the hundredth time you’ve taken students through this classic English poem, these teaching tips will help ensure that the experience is rewarding for everyone, including you. Teaching Gray’s elegy will give students insight into 18th-century literary traditions as well as provide them discussion points for themes surrounding morality and value. This guide provides you with the essential components to keep in mind before you take your students into Gray's elegy.


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