Teaching Whittier Curriculum Guide




The Whittier Home Association is pleased to introduce Teaching Whittier, a FREE three-part resource designed to facilitate and promote a connection between schools, the local community and the Whittier House through engaging, historically relevant and fun educational programming. Presented as downloadable PDFs, the curriculum as a whole offers a variety of activities, lesson-plan supplements, and materials for use in a classroom setting and/or on a site visit.

Worksheets, ideas and projects can be used as building blocks to a field trip at the Whittier House or stand-alone as complimentary curriculum-based materials and information. All parts of the curriculum are meant to encourage active learning and further investigation into the life and times of John Greenleaf Whittier.

Funding and Sponsorship
Funding for the development and creation of these materials is due to a granted awarded to the Whittier Home Association by the Institute of Museums and Library Services.

Part I Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Background: John Greenleaf Whittier
  3. Teacher Resource Materials
    A. Student-level Biography
    B. Student-level Timeline
    C. Vocabulary List
    D. Selected poems, reprinted in full

Part II Contents

  • Classroom Activities
  • Making it Relevant: How is Whittier Like Me?
  • Picturing Poetry
  • Field Trip and Site Visit Activity

Part III Map and Walking Tour Brochure

Take time to explore the places in Amesbury, Massachusetts where dynamic writer and activist John Greenleaf Whittier left his mark. Whittier moved to Amesbury, Massachusetts in 1836 and remained there until his death more than fifty years later. Amesbury suited Whittier. The town had an active Friends Society, welcomed reformers and abolitionists,and had the natural environment that inspired some of Whittier’s poetry.

This download provides a printable two-sided tri-fold brochure, featuring highlights of key landmarks relating to Whittier’s life in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Begin at his home on Friend Street and finish in downtown Amesbury with a mural celebrating his life. The walk is two miles long (forty minutes of walking) but can be self-adjusted to accommodate time limitations.