As your students watch the 1989 Film Dead Poets Society (directed by Peter Weir), have them answer these film analysis questions to help them better comprehend and understand the film’s meaning and purpose. Additionally, have them personally connect to the theme of the film by writing their own free verse poem in response to Walt Whitman’s poem “O Me! O Life!” The film is 2 hours and 8 minutes in length.
Included in this lesson:
- 22 Comprehension and Analysis questions based on the film “Dead Poets Society” — these questions require students to connect to the characters in the film and use inferencing skills
- Answer key to the film’s analysis questions
- Free Verse Writing Activity: prompt and rubric in response to Walt Whitman’s poem “O Me! O Life!”
- Editable copy of the lesson for teachers to make modifications if needed
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