Reflection: Adjustments to Practice C'mon Pigs, Sins and Virtues in Western Civilization (Day 2 of 2) - Section 2: Building Knowledge: Tone, Mood, and Allusion in C'mon Pigs of Western Civilization, Eat more Grease.


Too often my students look for a concrete definition and example for literary devices.  It is so difficult for them to see the fluidity of language and language use. When the students began their discussion of C'mon Pigs, they tried to use the same examples for tone and mood as they used for "This is Just to Say."  When I asked for evidence to support their conclusions, they choked.  

I had to reteach the definitions as if they did not already have the definitions in their notes.  Brand new poem equals brand new definitions even though the definitions are the same.  I am struggling to figure out a way to get my students to apply the same literary devices to new texts.  I want them to do more than recite the definition, I want them to be able to say, "This is an example of..., it impacts the text by..."  without me having to prompt them with a definition of a literary device nor hint at its function in the text.  

  It is not alway concrete
  Adjustments to Practice: It is not alway concrete
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C'mon Pigs, Sins and Virtues in Western Civilization (Day 2 of 2)

Unit 6: Sins, Poems, Virtues and Short Stories
Lesson 3 of 3

Objective: SWBAT determine the meaning of figurative language by analyzing the sins and virtues in “This Is Just To Say” by W. Carlos Williams and “C’mon Pigs of Western Civilization Eat More Grease” by Allen Ginsberg.

Big Idea: Gluttony is more than food. What does it mean to consume?

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