Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding The Red Badge of Comprehension: Understanding Similes in Context - Section 2: Figurative Language in Practice: Stephen Crane's Similes


Although many of our recent lessons have been to provide students with a conceptual understanding of figures of speech, today also allowed for understanding allusions based on student's knowledge of vocabulary. With some quick vocabulary instruction, I defined a few terms for students, and asked them to use them in a sentence:

Schoolmistress & primer: students are not familiar with the prim and proper image of a teacher from a hundred years ago, nor the term "primer" for spelling/chap books. I asked students to imagine their most strict, unbending, and severe teacher to gain an understanding of "schoolmistress", and to think of their first sight-reading or alphabet books for "primer." 

Urchin: students are not familiar with this term for homeless children, but fortunately Lewis Hine's photo of child laborers in a coal mine is in their textbooks. 

As I know I need to be more thorough in vocabulary instruction, this gave me an opportunity to address words, help students understand cultural allusions, and start crafting a vocab list based on their needs in class today. 

*While I chose to use part of today to complete our "Monday Mindbender," that time could be spent reading the excerpt from "The Red Badge of Courage," turning this into a self-contained lesson.

  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Vocabulary and Student Understanding
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The Red Badge of Comprehension: Understanding Similes in Context

Unit 10: Literacy: The Reality of It All--Realism in the American Story
Lesson 2 of 6

Objective: SWBAT interpret the figures of speech in context and analyze their role in Stephen Crane's "The Red Badge of Courage" through a close reading and discussion.

Big Idea: General Sherman may have said "War is Hell," but Stephen Crane's descriptive language proves it.

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English / Language Arts, Group Communication and Discussion, figures of speech, Stephen, simile, The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane
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