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English Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. ~John Dewey
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. ~Gandhi
Maybe it’s not about the happy ending. Maybe it’s about the story. Skye
Reichert “When you’re a kid, they tell you it’s all… ‘Grow up, get a job, get
married, get a house, have a kid, and that’s it.’ But the truth is, the
world is so much stranger than that. It’s so much darker. And so much
madder. And so much better.”
Who am I?
My name is Skye Reichert. I was born in
California but lived my whole life just
outside St. Louis, Missouri. I am married
and have two cats, but no kids yet, and love
my great little family. My Husband is a
paramedic instructor at Abbott, and a
Being an English teacher I obviously love
literature and maybe that's what makes me
a nerd. I love the classics but if I had to pick
something for casual fun reading I would
pick a YA book any day. My all time favorite
book is Harry Potter. I'll tell you now: I am a
Potter-Head, it’s kind of an obsession.
Education and Career I went to high school at Fort Zumwalt North in O’Fallon, MO. I got my Associates of Arts at St. Charles
Community College and then transferred for my bachelors to UMSL. My first teenage job was at a ball
park over the summer. I also worked on campus at the community college in the student center. I soon
got a part time job at Schnucks and started to substitute teach for Fort Zumwalt and Orchard Farm. I
absolutely love education. I love English but even more, I love to teach.
I don't watch a lot of TV but my favorites
are Psych and Doctor Who. I am happy to
give and take recommendations for
Television and of course reading material.
I am so excited to have you in class this
year and look forward to all the exciting
things we will do as we go throughout the
year and get to know each other.
Remember that as your teacher I will be
available to help whenever you need me.
“WHEN I OPEN A BOOK, I ENTER A WORLD
THAT NO ONE CAN TAKE ME AWAY FROM.”
Song of Myself
Rationale: I believe that students should be exposed to some classic literature. I
want them to be able to appreciate the writing, wit, humor, and deep thought as
well as to understand why it is considered classic. I don’t expect all of my students
to understand every aspect at once, but there is one thing I plan to teach to really
help them understand through Whitman. They will learn how to see things in a
different way. This unit is important because it teaches how to see and show
tolerance for others and celebrate yourself. This unit is about allowing students to
take and make this work personal.
Summary: In this unit students will see and do a variety of creative projects to
learn and express their knowledge. In addition to reading Whitman they will watch
video clips about Whitman and perspective. They will also see where his work has
been used for advertisement. Students will create a poster project in small groups
about the modern uses and depictions of Whitman’s work. They will be tested
about the work in the forms of a written test and spoken poem to show that they
grasp the big ideas and rationale of the unit in this class.
Essential Questions: What does Whitman really mean by “myself” in the title and
why is it so important? How does his work give meaning to your life or help you
find that meaning?
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.2: Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text,
including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex
account; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative
meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone,
including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly
fresh, engaging, or beautiful.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task,
purpose, and audience.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.1: Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led)
with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on
others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
o CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.5a Interpret figures of speech (e.g., hyperbole, paradox) in context and analyze their role in the text.
o CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.5b Analyze nuances in the meaning of words with similar denotations.
~Ten most important words
~Discussion/Think Pair Share
~Question of the Day
Length of Unit: This unit requires fifteen days (three weeks) of approximately 50-
minute class periods.
Materials and resources:
School will provide: Computer lab with internet access, classroom, reading
material (Song of myself by Whitman), white board and projection unit.
Teacher will provide: Poster paper, worksheets, rubric, calendar,
safe/inviting environment for learning.
Students will provide: Note paper, writing utensils, highlighter, positive
attitude, open mind.
Pre-Assessment: KWL chart, question of the day
Formative Assessment: Discussion, Question of the day, notes, student
teacher conferences, poster project
Summative Assessment: Written test evaluated with a key and oral poem
presentation evaluated with a rubric and written feedback.
Song of Myself Unit
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Poetic elements of
song of myself
(Two 50-minute class periods) Lesson 1&2
Rationale: It is important to get the students attention and find out what they know
about the topic I am going to teach. The first two days of the unit are to get to the
basics and to get the students excited.
Objectives: Students will tell what they know about Whitman and his work Song
of Myself. Students will learn the basics about Whitman and his poem.
Materials: For teacher: Projector, internet
For students: Books, paper, writing utensils, highlighter, notebook
Format and Grouping: Direct Instruction/Presentation; whole class
Literacy Strategies: Question of the day, KWL, Annotation, Ten words
Phase One: (lesson one)
~Start class with QoD (Question of the Day): What do you know about
Whitman? Have you ever heard of him?
~Ask students to share what they know in discussion
~Start filling out KW of chart
~PowerPoint on Background of Whitman and his work
Phase Two: (end of lesson one/beginning lesson two)
~Terms about Whitman
~Answer questions about his life and his work
~Start class with QoD: What do you think that Song of Myself will be about?
How do you think it will end?
Phase Three: (lesson two) ~Go over terms to understand SoM and terms