Fun, challenging interactive way to introduce the concept of denotation/connotation, thematic subject vs theme, and generating your own thematic statements. Students will work in groups to evaluate the denotative and connotative meaning of words, evaluate thematic subject and theme in a variety of different mediums, and establish their own thematic statement using similes, metaphor and analogy. Lesson concludes with groups writing their own acrostic poem using the word ROMANTIC as the anchor.
1. PPT Lecture (20 slides)
2. Teacher's Guide
3. Student Notes/Handouts (3 pages)
4. Video and Song Lyrics for analysis
CCSS: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.4 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.5 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.6
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1.C CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1.D CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.7
1. What is the role of romance in the human experience?
2. What are the positive and negative connotations surrounding a word?
3. How is a common theme expressed within different sources?
4. How to concisely summarize thematic meaning?
ACADEMIC OBJECTIVES (All Students Will Be Able To):
1. Identify and select words with positive/negative connotations
2. Analyze a variety of mediums to identify and explain a common theme
3. Create acrostic poems that express a specific tone and theme
DIRECT INSTRUCTION AND CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES:
Place students in groups of 3-6
DENOTATION VS CONNOTATION, DEFINING ROMANCE:
Denotation vs Connotation Exercises
Defining “Romance” Exercises
ROMANCE'S RELATIONSHIP TO THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE
Review Thematic Subject and Theme (PPT slide)
Explain tasks to students (PPT slide) and use the PPT to read the quotes
Students complete “Romance's relationship to the human experience” exercises
Have students share their completed work with the class
Have students complete Disney Video and song lyrics comparison and share findings
Explain Acrostic Poetry to Class (PPT slide) and have students work in groups to create an Acrostic Poem.
Have students share their completed poems with class.
1. In discussions with class as students share their group-work with class.