High School
English Language Arts

The Beat Generation for the Modern Generation

I love the Beats. I love teaching literature and poetry by the Beats like Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Kesey.This collection offers mainly an introduction into teaching the Beat Generation and its most prominent players.
A Collection By Megan McClure
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The Beat Generation for the Modern Generation
  • beatnews.jackmagazine.com
    beatnews.jackmagazine.com

    Teaching beat literature

    9 minute read
    Megan McClure says:
    Rather than offer lesson plans, this resource discusses how to approach teaching Beat Literature. The author reached out to college professors across the country, asking each how they organize a class on the Beats. The result is a blog post loaded with ideas for your own classroom. I like this article particularly because many of the ideas reach beyond teaching Ginsberg and Kerouac, and include teaching the works of other Beats like Michael McClure and New Beats like Ken Kesey.
  • Megan McClure says:
    This resource provides a list of nearly every poet important to the Beat movement of poetry.
  • Megan McClure says:
    "Counterculture and Criticism in the 1950s" is one lesson in a series of five lessons focused on the 1950s. This lesson can be used as a stand-alone to teach high schoolers about Ginsberg and Kerouac, in particular. Students read a biography and poem of each author and then analyze and compare the two.
  • learning.blogs.nytimes.com
    learning.blogs.nytimes.com

    Poetry on Film: Interpreting 'Howl' in the 21st Century

    6 minute read
    Megan McClure says:
    "Howl" is Allen Ginsberg's most famous poem and one that is synonymous with the Beat Generation. This lesson plan examines Ginsberg's poem and the film of the same name, featuring James Franco. Students are given multiple ways of looking at a single text.
  • Introduction to the Beats

    Website
    thebeatgeneration.wordpress.com
    thebeatgeneration.wordpress.com
    Megan McClure says:
    This lesson plan delivers on its promise, introducing students to Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs, as well as explaining the Beat Generation's ties to New York City and Jazz.
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