Help your students chisel their language into sentences that will dazzle the ears.
This activity uses annotations from 2018 MacArthur Genius Grant Awardee, John Keene's semi-autobiographical experimental novel, Annotations (1995) from New Directions publishing. (Click the first link for a wonderful video of Keene speaking about two of his works!--You can share these with your kids as well!) You do not have to have students read the full text to use this plan, but if you want to push your AP or Honors students, I highly recommend checking it out to include in your curriculum, or adding it to your classroom library.
This lesson includes:
(If your students need more help with figurative language before jumping into this activity, try my "Linguistic Gems" plan, and if you'd like to push them after they've finished, try out the "Up Your Game" revision plan.)
Happy writing to you and your kids!
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