Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Analyzing the Language of The Balcony Scene so We Can Write More Meaningfully - Section 4: Finding Figurative Language Isn't Enough


The class was geared up for the first part of the competition, and even recognized how easy it is to find many examples within this one scene. The second step of the competition-- explaining why-- caused some groans. It's a more difficult task, but it is also more meaningful.


These 15 minutes were beneficial for me. I was able to see who was comfortable with the question, who was challenged by it but worked to response effectively, and who tried to give the responsibility for answering to anyone else in the group. Because they self-selected groups, the dynamics were especially noticeable; they were comfortable with each other, and therefore, easily fell into their comfort zones. But I was able to use their comfort to my advantage. I could challenge those trying to sit back and let others do their work without embarrassing them (or at least embarrassing them too much). After watching a couple of groups, I went over and gently took the pencil from one student's hand and put in another student's hand, effectively making my point that they need to share responsibility.

  But why is that simile there?
  Staircase of Complexity: But why is that simile there?
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Analyzing the Language of The Balcony Scene so We Can Write More Meaningfully

Unit 15: Romeo and Juliet Act 2: Analysis of Character and Tension
Lesson 4 of 8

Objective: SWBAT write informative texts to examine and convey complex ideas clearly and accurately by explaining how a particular element of figurative language is effective.

Big Idea: Finding figurative language in the balcony scene is like fishing with bait. Analyzing it is more difficult.

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