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Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard
  • Poster
  • Graphic Novel

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This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings poetry to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings poetry to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings poetry to life with comics and storyboards.

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Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats

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Teacher Guide

Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

  1. Print student copies of John Keats' poem, Ode on a Grecian Urn.
  2. Share the following historical context with students:

    John Keats was born in London on 31 October 1795, and died at only twenty-five years old, making his work more remarkable than any other English poet. While at school, his father died and he became close with his headmaster who encouraged his poetry. He published fifty-four poems in three volumes, and was criticized for his undignified style and ideas. Still, he received some encouragement in poetry circles and seemed to hope to gain recognition, even as an outsider. He studied and became a surgeon, but continued to write poetry. He wrote poetry to create dream-like joyful scenes of timeless myth, while also writing political poetry. He believed poets must use their art to fight for freedom and to also help readers escape and heal from suffering. Near the end of his life, his odes received positive reviews and sold well. However, he became sick with tuberculosis and died after over a year of suffering. His devoted friends cared for him and buried him in a cemetery as he wished. He did not want his gravestone to include his name, only the words “Here lies one whose name was writ in water.” However, his loyal friends, Severn and Charles Brown added these additional words: “This Grave contains all that was Mortal of a YOUNG ENGLISH POET, Who on his Death Bed in the Bitterness of his Heart at the Malicious Power of his Enemies, Desired these Words to be engraven on his Tomb Stone.”

Opening Discussion

  1. Ask students to explain the meaning of the words, "Ode," "Grecian" and "Urn".
  2. Consider sharing images of real Grecian Urns or asking students to share how these urns are decorated.
  3. Ask students to analyze the title: What is the significance of the title using the word "on" instead of "to"?
  4. Ask students to predict what the poem will be about based on the title and what they know about Grecian Urns.
  5. As a class, read John Keats' poem, Ode on a Grecian Urn, aloud two times.
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Comic Strip or Storyboard
    Scene Summary

    Complete after reading the poem.

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  • Make a Storyboard
    Allegory & Theme

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard
    Vocabulary & Symbolism

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Draw the Keats' "Grecian Urn" and its scenes on a Poster

  • Extension / Modification
    Graphic Novel (Extension / Modification)

    Write and illustrate a Graphic Novel to depict the events and ideas in the poem (and urn).

  • Extension / Modification
    Storyboard (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Storyboard that illustrates a TP-CASTT analysis of the poem.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • Have you reinterpreted the meaning of the title after reading the poem?
  • What are the different scenes Keats sees on the urn?
  • What does he think about these scenes?
  • How does he attempt to interact with the scenes on the urn?
  • What does the urn symbolize to Keats?
  • What themes do the scenes on the urn reveal?
  • Who says the final two lines of the poem?
  • Interpret the meaning of the last two lines:
    • "Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
    • Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."
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Pixton Activity: Ode on a Grecian Urn 1 Scene Summary

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  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard

Intro

As a class, read John Keats' poem, Ode on a Grecian Urn.

Instructions

Create a Comic Strip or Storyboard to summarize each of the scenes Keats describes on the urn:

  • Write detailed descriptions and/or dialogue to illustrate the scene.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Ode on a Grecian Urn 2 Allegory & Theme

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  • Storyboard

Intro

As a class, read John Keats' poem, Ode on a Grecian Urn.

Instructions

Create a Storyboard to illustrate how each allegory enhances a theme in the poem, Ode on a Grecian Urn:

  • Label the theme in the panel title.
  • Write detailed descriptions and/or dialogue to illustrate the allegory and theme.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Ode on a Grecian Urn 3 Vocabulary & Symbolism

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  • Storyboard

Intro

Circle unknown vocabulary words as you read Ode on a Grecian Urn. Examples include:

  • Unravish'd
  • Sylvan
  • Deities
  • Loth
  • Timbrels
  • Ditties
  • Boughs
  • Adieu
  • Cloy
  • Lowing
  • Garlands
  • Citadel
  • Pious
  • Desolate
  • Overwrought
  • Trodden
  • Pastoral
  • Woe

Instructions

Create a Storyboard to illustrate the literal and symbolic of at least four words from Ode on a Grecian Urn:

  • Identify the word in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed definition of the word as it is used in the poem.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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