The study unit is available online at the ideas.wisconsin.edu web site. It includes a 7 minute video of a reading of "My Life By Water" with scenes from Lorine's life and Blackhawk Island.
The intent of this unit is to provide students in a twentieth-century literature class with an awareness of who Lorine Niedecker was as a woman and poet. Students will read about the life of Niedecker, the beliefs of the Objectivist poetry movement, and experience watching a short video of Blackhawk Island with a poem read aloud. After the short unit students should have a written paper applying some of the ideas of the Objectivist poets to poems written by Lorine Niedecker.
The study unit is designed to meet the following criteria:
Lesson One: Introduction to Niedecker and the Objectivists Lesson Two: Biographical Poetry Lesson Three: Objectivist and Political Poetry