You can also have students compare the poem to selections from other genres, including artwork, film, speeches, short stories, and novels.
Other suggestions for comparison:
|O Captain! My Captain!||The nation is in the midst of celebrating Lincoln's Civil War victory when he dies.||Negative images: pale, cold body and drops of blood||Death is tragic: "O heart! heart! heart!"|
|To an Athlete Dying Young||The townspeople are in the midst of celebrating the athlete's victory when he dies.||Positive images: unwithered laurels and unchallenged cup||Death is fortunate: "Now you will not swell the rout/Of lads that wore their honors out"|
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 5 (Advanced / Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or PartnerCommon Core Standards
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Create a storyboard comparing and contrasting "O Captain! My Captain!" with another piece of poetry.
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