Reflection: High Expectations Finding Figurative Language in F451 pages 1-70 (day 1 of 2) - Section 1: Setting the Learning: Quiz and Introduction


I realized in a recent lesson that the students were NOT comprehending Fahrenheit 451 and that I needed to retrench with them on the reading of the text.  I had two things in mind: 1.) To make sure that the students were sorting out the figurative language that Bradbury was using, and maybe even finding it intriguing; and 2.) To set high expectations for the students that they WOULD read this book and that a certain amount of EFFORT and COMMITMENT would be required to read this text because it is challenging and because our focus is on the use of language, figurative language, connotative word choices, etc.  

I feel good about the progress that the students have made over the past couple of days.  They went from a largely dysfunctional reading of the text to being well on their way to understanding what is going on and what Bradbury is up to with his choices of words.  The students' comments to the class based on their document camera presentations (more of these in tomorrow's lesson, too) showed that they were becoming sensitized to language and also increasingly sophisticated in explaining the various purposes that Bradbury might have. 

On a thematic level, we are examining the book with the theme of humanizing/dehumanizing in mind, and many of the students connected their presentations at the document camera to the theme.  Thus, I think that they are getting the knack of reading the book and understanding the commitment involved, but the quiz is but one way of communicating with students the need to read the book with a careful eye.

  Why the quiz?
  High Expectations: Why the quiz?
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Finding Figurative Language in F451 pages 1-70 (day 1 of 2)

Unit 6: Literary: Analyzing Figurative Language in Fahrenheit 451
Lesson 4 of 14

Objective: SWBAT explain figurative language in the opening chapters by reporting close readings to the class.

Big Idea: Close reading means we show our love for a writer's craft! And figurative language does not have to be dry!

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