This packet is an introductory unit on the TPCASTT method of analyzing literature using the poem "Barbie Doll" as a model for students to use. The seven-page packet contains the following:
• Assignment Description
• TPCASTT Rubric
• TPCASTT Template for Student Use
• “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy
• TPCASTT Example “Dreams”
• Notes to Essay
I like to use the poem "Barbie Doll" by Marge Piercy. It contains the line "So she cut off her nose and legs and offered them up." Kids like to read literally and tend to think she had plastic surgery; in fact, she commits suicide. If they are invested in the poem at all, and the girls, at least, usually are, you can get them to dig for proof.
This is where TPCASTT comes in. It's the shift from this figurative line to her lying in the casket that suggests her death. There is no evidence for her dying during surgery. And her nose is metonymy for her general appearance.