Definitely not. But her famous poem, “I’m Nobody! Who are You?,” is a useful tool to help students consider their own desires for social media fame. In a recent survey, 54 percent of Gen. Z respondents said they’d like to become an influencer. What about your students?
With this report and my own TikTok ventures in mind, I built a lesson using Dickinson’s poem paired with one of my own to help students consider the positive and negative aspects that accompany life in the public eye.
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Emily Dickinson photo credit: Daguerrotype of Emily Dickinson, c. early 1847, Amherst College Archives & Special Collections, WikiMedia Commons, Public domain