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English 9 Enriched: “La Belle Dame Sans Merci”

The students read and analyzed John Keats’ poem, “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” and we then did a Visible Thinking exercise using artwork that was inspired by Keats’ poem.

They had their choice from the following paintings:

Walter Crane

Walter Crane (1865)

Arthur Hughes

Arthur Hughes (1861-63)

Frank Cadogan Cowper

Frank Cadogan Cowper (1926)

Henry Maynell Rheam

Henry Meynell Rheam (1901)

JW Waterhouse

John William Waterhouse (1893)

Robert Anning Bell

Robert Anning Bell

Sir Frank Dicksee

Sir Frank Dicksee (1902)

Once the class voted on the painting they wished to work with, we did a See/Think/Wonder exercise in which they had to focus on how the painting reflected specific imagery in Keats’ poem.  We share their responses using Post-Its and then wrote a three-chunk paragraph analyzing the painting using textual support from the poem.

Visible Thinking Belle Dame

While the students were writing, we listened to the following musical interpretation of “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” as performed by Jesse Ferguson.


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English 9 Regents: Analysis Essay- “Too Little, Too Late”

Analysis Essay: Too Little, Too Late

The Hatfieldsclick for larger image and more info
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The McCoys

In both William Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet and the short story “The Interlopers” by Saki, members of feuding families reconcile too late after tragedy strikes. 

Your task:  After reading the prologue to Romeo and Juliet and “The Interlopers”, construct an essay in which you support the controlling idea of regret and reconciliation.

Audience: those who hold grudges even though the original conflict may have been long forgotten

Purpose: to persuade those who may be holding grudges to make an attempt at reconciliation before tragedy strickes; use the fate of characters from the above as support for your argument

Style: Be sure to analyze the authors’ use of literary techniques that help to express the idea of regret and reconciliation

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