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Close Reading Workshop of Olaudah Equiano-Word Choice

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Sharp Secondary Literacy
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This handout is a close reading workshop that utilizes the slave narrative of Olaudah Equiano to have students examine word choice. The lesson contains an AWQ (annotating with a question in mind) framework for marking the text, text-dependent questions that are placed throughout the text, post-reading questions for discussion, and a writing prompt to have students examine connotative diction. This is a wonderful addition to units on the transatlantic slave trade or rhetorical analysis of developing argument through word choice.

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Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

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