Reflection: Perseverance Emily Dickinson's Simplicity of Language: "Because I could not stop for Death--" - Section 3: Introducing Walt Whitman: Brainstorm and Biography


Students seem to hate reading aloud. Of all of the classroom practices, it seems that is the one they would beg to do anything but. However, I encourage students to persevere, to continue reading, in order to build comfort and confidence. Throughout their lives, students will (most likely) be called on at some point or another to speak in front of a group. By building the confidence in non-graded scenarios such as biographical reading, I hope to take the stress off of them, so they can tackle these tasks without panic. Sticking to it, even when they trip over a word or struggle, is key. Traditionally, I ask students to summarize what a student just read, and provide positive reinforcement when they do read aloud. 

  Reading Aloud: Finding Ways to Overcome Fear
  Perseverance: Reading Aloud: Finding Ways to Overcome Fear
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Emily Dickinson's Simplicity of Language: "Because I could not stop for Death--"

Unit 13: Literacy: Figurative Language in the Poetry of Whitman & Dickinson
Lesson 4 of 6

Objective: SWBAT interpret Emily Dickinson's use of figures of speech in context and analyze their impact on meaning and tone in "Because I could not stop for Death--".

Big Idea: How do you describe Death? This question guides our look at the speaker's interaction with and reaction to Death.

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