Reflection: Grappling with Complexity The Impact of Word Choice in our National Anthem - Section 3: Independent Practice: Breaking Song Apart


I love when I am able to facilitate and watch my students teach! It is evident in this lesson that peer interactions aided students in comprehending text better than when I model interpretations found in a piece of literature for students.While students may have different levels of comprehending text and abilities in teaching this information, peers are more welcoming to adding their own interpretations or building new meaning when discussing text with other students. I completed this same lesson with both my regular and gifted classes and recalled that examples of connotation and figurative language in the poem proved to be a higher order thinking skill for both groups. In the end, the increased thinking yielded better understandings of the poem for students and I will definitely use this instructional method again when students are asked to interpret a familiar piece of literature.

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The Impact of Word Choice in our National Anthem

Unit 2: Living Without
Lesson 7 of 7

Objective: SWBAT determine meanings of the words connotative, denotative and figurative language and analyze how word choice affects the tone of a poem.

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