Lesson plans and teaching ideas
On this page, a brief biography. Follow links to activities, discussion questions, and support materials.
Suggestions for working with Bradstreet's poetry.
Biography. Scroll to the bottom for 3 study questions.
Anne Bradstreet, Puritan Poet
Activities here emphasize writing and vocabulary.
Anne Bradstreet: "To My Dear and Loving Husband"
Analysis and commentary, including a contrast with Bradstreet's contemporary, Anne Hutchinson. Click on the tab "Annotated Poem" for a copy of the poem, writing ideas, discussion questions, and teaching tips.
A Comparison of Puritan Authors and Their Viewpoints on God and the Devil, Part 1 and Part 2
Students in teacher-selected groups of two will create a presentation on Puritan authors Anne Bradstreet and Jonathon Edwards. Students will support their comparisons through examples from each of the author's works. Student groups will then research Puritan writers Cotton Mather and Michael Wigglesworth online. All groups will present to the class as well as posting the presentations online.
Poetry Pairing: "To My Dear and Loving Husband"
This Poetry Pairing matches "To My Dear and Loving Husband" with a New York Times Metro column about a husband whose wife recently died. The site invites observations and comments.
"To My Dear and Loving Husband"
Scroll down to find the audio file of an introduction and actress Alyssa Milano reading the poem.
Selected poetry of Anne Bradstreet
Brief biography, 11 poems, including "To My Dear and Loving Husband" and "Verses upon the Burning of our House."
Study Texts on Anne Bradstreet's Poetry
Hypertext commentary and postreading questions for 6 poems, including "To My Dear and Loving Husband."
"Verses upon the Burning of our House, July 10th, 1666" Vocabulary
10 words presented with definition and in context. Click on a word for pronunciation, synonyms, more.