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“Auld Lang Syne” is a fun poem/song of nostalgia that has way more going on than any New Year’s reveler gives it credit for! With this lesson plan students will get up close and personal with the poem and be able to enlighten their friends and family members with a detailed analysis of the text where they identify parallelism, symbolism, metaphor, anaphora, rhetorical question, synecdoche, mood, tone, main idea and theme!
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When students are done with the initial analysis they then listen a differing version of “Auld Lang Syne” (they are given three versions to choose from!) and compare how well the song they listened to matches the mood/tone/theme of the original intent of Robert Burns’ poem!
Lastly, students are given the opportunity reflect on their own lives over the past year and create a New Year’s poem that is relevant to them!
This “Auld Lang Syne” lesson plan covers the following CCSS:
Key Ideas and Details:
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Craft and Structure:
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.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
Text Types and Purposes:
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Production and Distribution of Writing:
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Conventions of Standard English:
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
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