Reflection: Introduction to Figurative Language - Section 2: Emerson's "Self-Reliance"

 

Today there was a marked improvement in our discussion after a strategic positive reinforcement on my part. One of our first contributors to discussion grounded his comment in the language of the text, pulling out key words that made him think the passage was meant as a critique of society. I immediately jumped in to say, "I really appreciated how you pulled out those key words from the text!" Then, magic happened.

Suddenly, every comment was based on specific words. My comment encouraged students to look closely at what words were being used and gave permission to my less-confident readers to narrow their focus to just one or two words. As a result, our conversation was much more thorough and in depth than the day before. Wahoo!

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Introduction to Figurative Language

Unit 4: Text Structure and Language Use in Informational Texts
Lesson 3 of 17

Objective: Students will be able to identify and analyze figurative language and word choice by reading and analyzing Emerson's "Self-Reliance."

Big Idea: Word choice matters--analyzing how figurative language and word choice impact tone and meaning in "Self-Reliance."

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