Reflection: Rigor Comparing "Annabel Lee" and "Ulalume" - Section 2: Venn Diagram: In Partners


As a former high school teacher and lifelong reader, I find myself introducing words that may be a bit advanced for my students.  Today's example was "anaphora."  We have talked about anaphora before, and Poe uses it quite liberally.  However, anaphora is not really an eighth grade word and the students can struggle with it.

My rationale for teaching it (in context, in appropriate places) is that it doesn't make sense to me to teach students less specific terms, simply because they are younger.  So, why use the term "repetition" which is correct, yet general, when you can explain to the kids what anaphora means.

Don't get me wrong: If you are thinking that many people live their whole lives without knowing the word, "anaphora," well, you are right.  But, the way I see it is that, if we are going to talk about something, why not call it by its proper name?

  Rigor: Advanced Vocabulary
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Comparing "Annabel Lee" and "Ulalume"

Unit 6: Unlocking Mood and Other Elements of Horror
Lesson 11 of 18

Objective: SWBAT identify elements of similarity and difference in two of Poe's poems, "Annabel Lee" and "Ulalume"

Big Idea: Similar subject matter, same poet, but very different poems.

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