• Carl Sandburg Home and Barn

    Carl Sandburg Home

    National Historic Site North Carolina

High School Ninth through Twelfth Grades: The Sandburg Spectrum

"Life is like an onion: you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep."
Carl Sandburg

Essential Questions

  • How can the arts—especially literature and music—be used to influence public opinion? How does public opinion influence art?
  • Do artists have a greater responsibility than average people to address social problems? Why or why not?

Program Information

  • "The Sandburg Spectrum" been designed to create an interactive and educational environment for students to learn about the life of American poet, Carl Sandburg. Teachers are encouraged to complete Pre-Activities in the classroom prior to visiting the Carl Sandburg Home NHS in order to better prepare students for the trip.
  • Lessons meet numerous national education standards and North Carolina Common Core standards in English and Social Studies. Specific standards addressed in each activity are included at the end of the packet.
  • During the on-site visit, students will rotate through three different ranger/volunteer-led activity stations. Visit will include an educational tour of the home where Sandburg spent the last 22 years of his life. Students will also tour Connemara Farms where Mrs. Sandburg raised goats.
  • If you would like to visit the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site with your class, please make a reservation with the Park's Education Coordinator by calling 828-693-4178.

Pre-Visit Lesson: The Sandburg Spectrum

On-Site Lesson: Sandburg Home Tour
On-Site Lesson: Reflections on the Rock

Post-Visit Lesson: Poetry and Pictures
Post-Visit Lesson: Problems and Perspectives
Post-Visit Lesson: Songs with Social Influence

Did You Know?

museum staff cleaning a book from Carl Sandburg's multi-thousand volume library

There are over 12,000 books in the Main House. It takes over six YEARS to clean all the books in Carl Sandburg's collection. Cleaning books is a routine task for the museum staff at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. The books are cleaned to reduce pests like silverfish from eating these valuable artifacts.