High schoolers annotate and discuss a poem, then select specific words to complete a webbing. They explore the connotations of the word, and consider the author's purpose in using it.
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Analyzing For Tone: AP Literature - DIDLS
Help your poetry readers analyze for tone! This graphic organizer encourages learners to focus on diction, imagery, details, language, and syntax. It can be used with any poem, but consider reading a poem as a whole group and completing...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Analyzing an Argument
How do you read non-fiction, informational text? How do you recognize the rhetorical devices a writer is using? How do you determine the tone of such a document? Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address provides a perfect vehicle for learners...
10th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Diction, Choosing the Right Words
Choosing the right words for communication purposes is the objective of this presentation. Analyzing active & passive voice, redundancy, and diction will be explored through examples and definitions. Clear and to the point, this tool...
7th - 10th English Language Arts
Analyze the Impact of Words and Phrases in a Poem to Determine Two Characters' Relationship
What’s in a name? Or a word or phrase, for that matter? The syntax and diction of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Sonnet VII” offers an opportunity to examine how a particular word or phrase can reveal the relationship between two people. The...
6 mins 10th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Remembrance of Things Past
Engage critical and social thinking by exploring the value of language and word choice. The class considers the article "The Silence of the Historic Present" and analyzes several presidential speeches. They engage in class discussion,...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Analyze Character Development by Paying Attention to Word Choice
"Monkey's Paw," W.W. Jacob's horror story, is used to model for viewers how to use a writer's diction to analyze characters. Words describing the characters' actions, comments, and appearance are highlighted. After re-examining the...
8 mins 11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Determine How Word Choice and Diction Establish Tone
Discovering the connotative meaning of a text can be a difficult and complex task. The video starts out by displaying a chart for finding the tone. The narrator fills in the chart with details of the imagery, characterization, and...
6 mins 11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed