What does it mean to be an American?

What does it mean to be an American?
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I introduced my students to two American poets whose perspectives are different based on their experiences. Both express their feelings in a unique way, which allows their audience to see America through their lenses.

They read the poems, annotated, and wrote a paragraph on how word choice contributes to theme.

The icing on the cake was the interview and writing their own perspective on America. This is included in the package.


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Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
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