Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Annotating Meanings to Understand Lyrics in "Amazing Grace" - Section 3: Independent Practice: Annotating for Literary Meaning


Having students interact with a text in multiple ways bring new meaning after each interaction. Because students are reading informational text that relate to our unit on the journeys of people during the Pre-Colonial Time Period, questions will arise about the validity of information whether it is through a fiction or nonfiction genre. Students did a great job with locating examples of figurative language used in the story. At times, students questioned the type of figurative language used in the selection but were still able to describe its effect on the characterization or setting of the story. 

Because I did this lesson with a gifted class, I was not surprised that each student identified examples of figurative language correctly. What did create some room for debate was when students were asked to share aloud what each example of figurative language meant in relation to the events of the story. Check out my Figurative Language Reflection video to hear what students wrote in their marginal notes and how I was even proved WRONG by some of my intelligent students!

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Annotating Meanings to Understand Lyrics in "Amazing Grace"

Unit 2: Living Without
Lesson 4 of 7

Objective: SWBAT determine figurative meanings of phrases as they are used in fictional text to impact the tone and assumptions of an author.

Big Idea: Talking in the Margins to Understand the Meanings of Phrases in Fictional Stories!

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