“Secondary Education Experience”

Journey Through Time

Grades 9 – 12


Grades 9 – 12

Secondary students “Journey Through Time” in multiple ways on their field trip to theWalt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site. In their poetry workshop, students learn about free verse, or non-rhyming poetry, that Walt popularized 150 years ago throughreading Walt’s poetry and discussing his other poetic elements - metaphors, word repetition, and list poems. Students discuss the meanings of Walt’s poems and whatmakes them relevant today. Using his poem as a model or prompt, students write their own free verse poetry. They may possibly write two poems! Sharing their poetry in an oral presentation concludes their Journey through the poetry worship.

Next, they “Journey” to the past by watching an historic video about New York immigration and Whitman’s experience growing up in New York. After the time travel ofthe video, students view the updated timeline exhibit panels which depicts the journey of Walt from his birth to his first publication of Leaves of Grass in 1855.

Students continue their “Journey Through Time” with a tour of the historic Birthplace built by Walt’s father in 1810. They will learn of the life and times of young Walt who was born in the house in on May 31, 1819, over 200 years ago.

Estimated time: 2.5 hours
Monday – Friday ........................Minimum Fee $150

$8.50/student .............................(December and January)

$9.50/student .............................(all other months)

Estimated time: 2.5 hours

To register for the program, contact Dr. Kelly Ronayne at 631-427-5240, ext. 113 or email educator@waltwhitman.org

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