Audible Jewels: Figurative Language Mentor Texts

Audible Jewels: Figurative Language Mentor Texts
Audible Jewels: Figurative Language Mentor Texts
Audible Jewels: Figurative Language Mentor Texts
Audible Jewels: Figurative Language Mentor Texts
Audible Jewels: Figurative Language Mentor Texts
Audible Jewels: Figurative Language Mentor Texts
Audible Jewels: Figurative Language Mentor Texts
Audible Jewels: Figurative Language Mentor Texts
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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:

  • 10 short, one sentence quotes that celebrate Keene's gorgeous figurative language
  • Space for students to sketch out their interpretations
  • 3 different options given for dissecting these quotes as a class--a gallery walk, a "find your partner" activity, or simply use a quote a day for a stimulating poetic/analytical conversation
  • Analysis worksheets
  • An "Excavating Meaning" slide that you can also print out and use as a poster to help students determine the difference between connotations and denotations,
  • Brainstorming worksheets to help students come up with their own metaphorical jewels, and
  • A writing prompt page with a chubric (checklist rubric) to help with easy grading.

(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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Interpret figures of speech (e.g., hyperbole, paradox) in context and analyze their role in the text.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Interpret figures of speech (e.g., euphemism, oxymoron) in context and analyze their role in the text.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
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