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Twelfth graders analyze Ray Bradbury's use of techniques and elements of fiction as well as nonfiction in the novel Dandelion Wine. In this novel analysis lesson, 12th graders analyze the sensory techniques in Dandelion Wine. Students use music and artwork to identify imagery and sound devices. Students create a personal narrative prose including imagery and sound devices.
Tenth graders read and study, in-depth, a specific classical tragedy, in this case, Oedipus. They explore strategies from making meaning out of or interpreting texts, as well as strategies for determining how authors create meaning in texts. Students examine the connections between diction imagery structure and theme or underlying meaning. They compare and contrast dramatic literature and other genres.
Mermaids will sing to your class members as they engage in an activity related to T.S. Eliot's famous dramatic interior monologue. After engaging in a socratic seminar about literary devices in the poem, individuals choose one interesting example of either hyperbole or imagery, and create an a visual representation. The illustrations are posted in time-line order following the progression of the poem.
Begin The Great Gatsby by showing the opening half-hour of the film. Using this clip, discuss imagery with your class and assign each learner a type of imagery. Group learners together according to type of imagery and have them respond to questions. The lesson ends with a paragraph analyzing the director's choices pertaining to imagery.
After reading Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (and possibly shedding a few tears), middle schoolers work on their own sixteen-word poems with a Six Trait writing activity. They focus on word choice in this activity to capture an interesting image in just sixteen words. All necessary materials are here, including an overhead with William Carlos Williams' The Red Wheel Barrow to continue the discussion about imagery and word choice.
Young scholars examine patterns of imagery in Macbeth by using online resources. Students compare the patterns they see to those they've found in other Shakespeare plays. Then young scholars draw conclusions about why Shakespeare might have used the imagery he used in Macbeth.
Use some provocative modern art to get your class considering stereotypes and the impact they have on us all. Your class will discuss the print art Indian Look-Alike by Melanie Yazzie and stereotypes in general before conducting research to create an educational pamphlet dispelling the stereotypes of a particular culture or race. Combining research and critical thinking skills with historical knowledge, this activity idea would be perfect for any English or American history classroom.
Develop readers’ awareness of the visual power of language with a guided imagery exercise. Set the stage and create the mood with dim lights, soft music and potpourri. Then read the provided section of Bud, Not Buddy. Next, invite listeners to record images they recall from Christopher Paul Curtis’s tale. Finally, encourage class members to share their writings. The strategy would work well with most naratives.
“When icicles hang on the wall” speech from Love’ Labor Lost provides class members with an opportunity to analyze figurative language. Groups identify the sensory appeals in the speech, both positive and negative, and then infer the speaker’s attitude toward winter. The lesson ends on “a merry note” as learners demonstrate their understanding of imagery by creating PowerPoint presentations to illustrate imagery in a poem or text. Richly detailed, the plan includes templates, discussion questions, and teaching suggestions.