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Give me your tired, your poor . . .

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for “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus

What do the words of this famous poem, inscribed on a bronze plaque inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, mean to you? Do they have the same meaning today as they did in 1903, when the poem was first mounted?

You can explore important questions about liberty and freedom when you download your free lesson plan. Find out how the Great Books Foundation’s Shared Inquiry method can help you facilitate meaningful collaborative discussion about history, current events, literature, and more.

This lesson plan includes the complete poem and helps you guide students in:

  • Reading closely
  • Sharing questions raised by the text
  • Taking directed notes to focus closely on a textual theme
  • Having a civil, open-ended exchange of ideas
  • Sharing further thoughts by using our specific writing prompts

Visit us online to explore our full range of outstanding fiction and nonfiction readings for all students, as well as professional development in inquiry-based learning for teachers. Please contact me using the information below with any questions!

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