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by Walt Whitman

1865

Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "O Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman.

A sailor grieves the loss of his captain in this poem that symbolizes the American experience of making it through the Civil War.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of America, Honor & Courage, and War & Peace as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"How has America changed over time?", "How are we changed by war?", and "What makes a hero?"

Ways to support your child: