Analyzing Impact of Word Choice and Figurative Language in "Barbie Doll"

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After a close reading Marge Piercy's poem "Barbie Doll," class members craft an AP®-style explanatory essay in which they analyze the diction and other figurative literary devices the poet employs to deliver her commentary on modern society.

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Instructional Ideas

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  • Before assigning the essay, review the writing process and the informational or explanatory essay format
  • Tap the link, play the audio of the poem, and ask the class to consider whether the impersonal tone of the narrator adds to or detracts from the impact of the poem
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  • Designed for an AP Literature and Composition class but appropriate for any poetry study
Pros

  • A link is provided to both the text of the poem and to an audio recording of the poem
  • The richly detailed plan includes a link to past  essay prompts
Cons

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