Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1807–1882

Born the second of eight children into a prominent Maine family, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow grew to become one of the most popular American authors.  His beloved family, and the devastating losses of two wives and one little daughter, served as inspiration for many of his poems about children and idyllic family life.  His poetry is some of the most easy to understand and appreciate, to modern ears (in my opinion!).  I hope you and your children enjoy getting to know him and his work.

 

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Biographical Information

Longfellow

Biography

A good biography, best suited for middle and high schoolers.

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Here is a timeline of Longfellow’s life.

Fun Stuff

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rain boots

Coloring page that goes along with the poem “A Rainy Day”

Paul Revere's Ride coloring page

Coloring page for the poem “Paul Revere’s Ride”

 

 

Games

Put together a jigsaw puzzle right on your computer!

Educational Helps

Free Homeschool & Notebooking Resources

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quotes graphicThere are many Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quotes here.  You can turn any of these into a penmanship or copywork page here.

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We have several lessons plans to choose from

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We have several lessons plans to choose from

  • This blog post is from a tongue-in-cheek site, and has a playful tone, yet has some valuable insights on “The Village Blacksmith.”  You might enjoy reading this and seeing if your students would enjoy trying to write something in a similar style.
  • Lesson for “The Wreck of the Hesperus.”  Focus is on mood, characterization, conflict, and the role of allusions.
  • Here is the text for “The Wreck of the Hesperus” as well as an audio version.

 

Longfellow copywork

Get this 90+ page printable copywork pack, featuring Longfellow’s poem Rain in Summer. Includes print, cursive, and D’Nealian formats.

longfellow timeline worksheet

This is a free printable timeline worksheet and notebooking page.

Free Ebooks and audios

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Greetings from Longfellow

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The CHildren's Longfellow

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poems on slavery

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Selected poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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There are many different Longfellow audios available here.

 

Videos

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Be sure to watch this biography. It’s very well done and gives you a good overview of his life’s work in a short amount of time.

This video features many different quotes from Longfellow. He had so many profound things to say!

Do Not Miss This!  Incredible!  Absolutely captivating!

The epic poem, The Song of Hiawatha, has many different sections. This one focuses on his childhood.

Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride

I’m absolutely in love with this beautiful poem. Please do not pass this by. Henry’s deep adoration and love for his children comes through so beautifully here. His little daughter Fanny died when she was just 16 months old, making this even more touching. The portrait is of his three remaining daughters Alice, Edith, and Anne Allegra, who he mentions in the poem.

You can print the words to this poem here. I’m planning to copy it down during our copywork time. The words are so precious, and remind me of the love I have for my own children.

One of the things I love about this poem is how well it conveys the mood of dark and dreariness. In just one minute it can almost make me cry.

A Day of Sunshine

This children’s chorus does a beautiful job singing How Beautiful is the Rain, which is based on Longfellow’s poem Rain in Summer.
Print or read this poem here.
Get a copywork packet for this poem here.

A Psalm of Life

The Arrow and the Song

Read the words or print this poem here.

A beautiful rendition of The Wreck of the Hesperus.

Read the words or print this poem here.

The Ladder of St. Augustine

Read this poem or print it out here.

Another evocative poem. Read or print the words here.

The Day is Done

Listen to Longfellow’s entire book, Evangeline, here. (2 hours long)

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