Understanding Literature, Grade 10
Unit 1 The Oral Tradition
Unit 2 Poetry
Unit 3 Fiction
Unit 4 Drama
Unit 5 NonFiction
Unit 6 Informational and Visual Media
Unit 7 The Examined Life
Unit 8 The Genius Within
Unit 9 Diversity and Community
Unit 10 Cultures in Conflict
Unit 11 What We Live By
Unit 12 Other Worlds
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Understanding Literature, Grade 10 : Unit 2 Poetry : The Bean Eaters / Gwendolyn Brooks : Activities

The Bean Eaters / Gwendolyn Brooks


Language Arts
Bibliography. Create a complete bibliography for Gwendolyn Brooks’s writings. You will find it useful to consult The Academy of American Poets Internet site. For help in writing bibliographic entries, read the Language Arts Survey 5.40, “Making Bibliographies and Bibliography Cards.”

Gwendolyn Brooks at The Academy of American Poets

Critical Thinking
Analyzing Literature and Art.
Gwendolyn Brooks was inspired by Van Gogh’s painting The Potato Eaters to write her poem "The Bean Eaters." Another writer inspired by art was British poet W. H. Auden, whose poem "Musée des Beaux Arts" reflects Pieter Brueghel the Elder’s painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus. View the painting at the ibiblio site and read the poem at the W. H. Auden site. Then analyze how the painting reflects Auden’s theme that human suffering goes largely unnoticed by others. The painting is based on the mythological character Icarus who flew too close to the sun with wings made of wax and fell to earth and died.

ibiblio at WebMuseum, Paris

W. H. Auden

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