There are so many wonderful ways you can study Phillis Wheatley’s life! Our top recommendation is simply to read her poetry and learn about her life! Here are a few ideas to help get you started.
For the free downloads to go with our Philllis Wheatley letter go here!
Don't have the letter yet? You can grab the snail mail letter here by purchasing our current month's letter or subscribing to Heritage Letter anytime before March 14, 2021.
For All Ages
“To the King’s Most Excellent Majesty” performed by Alayna Vernon
Excerpt from “His Excellency General Washington” performed by Amaya Tucker
Here’s an interview with playwright, Dr. Amanda Kemp about her views on Phillis Wheatley…it’s a great listen for parents and older students
Your Story Hour’s Exciting Events: Volume 8 “A Girl Called Phillis”
Stuff You Missed in History Class: Phillis Wheatley
Boston Women’s Memorial to see the statue of Phillis Wheatley by artist, Meredith Bergmann
Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral by Phillis Wheatley
The Poems of Phillis Wheatley with Letters and a Memoir by Phillis Wheatley
One Week with Phillis Wheatley
There are more than enough poems in our free downloads for our Phillis Wheatley letter to read one poem written by Phillis each day for a week. That alone is a beautiful way to spend one week with her, but if you're looking for more activities here's what we recommend (all of the poems and activities recommended below can be found in our free downloads here):
Day 1: Learn about Phillis Wheatley
- Read the Heritage Letter from Phillis Wheatley
Read the poems "Hymn to the Morning" and "Hymn to the Evening"
Day 2: Learn more about Phillis Wheatley
- Read a biography about Phillis Wheatley
- Read “His Excellency General Washington” by Phillis Wheatley
- Watch an excerpt from “His Excellency General Washington” performed by Amaya Tucker
Day 3: Learn more about Phillis Wheatley
- Read “To the King’s Most Excellent Majesty” by Phillis Wheatley
- Bonus: Listen to a podcast about Phillis Wheatley:
- for younger children: Your Story Hour’s Exciting Events:Volume 8 “A Girl Called Phillis”
- for older children/adults:Stuff You Missed in History Class: Phillis Wheatley
Day 4: Virtual Tour of the Phillis Wheatley Statue
- Visit the Phillis Wheatley Statue in Boston
- Read “Liberty and Peace” by Phillis Wheatley
Day 5: A Little More about Phillis
- Complete the Phillis Wheatley Pamphlet using all you’ve learned this week.
- Read “On Imagination” by Phillis Wheatley
Sources for Further Study:
Letter from Phillis Wheatley to David Wooster, October 18,1773
Letter from Phillis Wheatley to Obour Tanner, March 21, 1774
National Portrait Gallery: Phillis Wheatley: Her Life, Poetry, and Legacy by Stephanie Sheridan
Boston Women’s Heritage Trail: Phillis Wheatley
Poetry Foundation: Phillis Wheatley
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