Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Free Verse and Figurative Language: Understanding Whitman's Use of Metaphor - Section 2: Figures of Speech & Understanding Whitman's Poetry

 

Three things particularly impressed me about my students today and the way this section of our look at Whitman went.

The first is mentioned above, the idea of "not a simile" was raised in the first class of the day, and I felt it was significant enough, for students to demonstrate understanding, to address in all of the classes. As such, I have included it as part of the lesson.

The second came as we addressed the connection between people in "I Hear America Singing," as students looked at hard work being its own reward, connecting back to the Puritan Work Ethic we've previously discussed, and looking ahead to the American Dream, which we'll address with "The Great Gatsby." 

The third came during the "personal reaction" part of our discussion on "When I Heard The Learn'd Astronomer."

  Adjustments to Practice: Student Responses: The Kids Take The Lead
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Free Verse and Figurative Language: Understanding Whitman's Use of Metaphor

Unit 13: Literacy: Figurative Language in the Poetry of Whitman & Dickinson
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: SWBAT interpret extended metaphor through analysis of its use in Walt Whitman's "I Hear America Singing"

Big Idea: Whistling while we work, singing while we study, we analyze Whitman's poetry.

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