Reflection: Checks for Understanding Determined Pencils Annotate Claude McKay's "When Dawn Comes to the City" - Section 4: Wrap Up


One reason I chose this poem is that the use of poetic devices such as personification and onomatopoeia is an integral part of the author's expression of his thoughts and feelings of living in Harlem and his homeland Jamaica.  My students understood the shift in his tone from stanza to stanza.  If we had enough time in this lesson,  I would have asked them to write a short poem of their experience living in Springfield and for those who also lived in other locations like Puerto Rico, using these poetic devices to express their thoughts.  What do you think of this idea? 

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Determined Pencils Annotate Claude McKay's "When Dawn Comes to the City"

Unit 2: An Introduction to Harlem Renaissance Writers: Critical and Creative Reading and Writing
Lesson 8 of 9

Objective: SWBAT demonstrate understanding of figurative languageand word relationships by annotating supporting evidence from the poem "When Dawn Comes to the City."

Big Idea: Students will live a moment in class onomatopoeically ...whoopy!

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