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High School - English - Freshman - Unit 2
Literature as Art: The Power of Word Choice
This unit, the second of six, takes an in-depth look at how poetry and prose can be used as a means of self-expression.
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This unit invites students to analyze poetry and drama for figurative language and connotation. Students will use visual texts to learn about authors use art to create poetry, and students will read/study the work of William Shakespeare to see just how much of modern-day texts are adapted from his Elizabethan-age texts.

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v RL.9-10.4- 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).

v RL.9-10.7- Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment (e.g., Auden’s “Musee de Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus).

v RL.9-10.9-Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare).

v SL.9-10.6-Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

v L.9-10.5-Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

o Interpret figures of speech (e.g., euphemism, oxymoron) in context and analyze their role in the text.

o Analyze nuances in the meaning of words with similar denotations.

v L.9-10.6-Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

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I Can……

· RL.9-10.4

1. Define figurative language.

2. Define connotation.

3. Explain figurative language used in a text.

4. Explain connotative language used in a text.

5. Recognize meaning and tone.

6. Analyze the collective impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone.

a. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text.

· RL.9-10.7

2. Identify various artistic mediums.

3. List what is emphasized in each treatment.

4. Identify the subject or key scene in two different mediums.

5. Analyze the subject and/or key scene in two different artistic media.

6. Compare/contrast what is emphasized or absent in each treatment.

· RL.9-10.9

12. Define source material.

13. Interpret how an author uses a source material to treat a theme or topic in a specific work.

· SL.9-10.6

14. Determine when formal English is appropriate for a variety of contexts or tasks.

15. Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks.

16. Demonstrate command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

I CAN…

· L.9-10.5

17. Identify figures of speech (e.g., euphemism, oxymoron).

18. Describe the role of figures of speech(e.g., euphemism, oxymoron) in the text.

19. Explain nuances in the meaning of words with similar denotations.

20. Interpret figures of speech (e.g., euphemism, oxymoron) in context.

21. Analyze the role of figures of speech (e.g., euphemism, oxymoron) in the text.

22. Analyze nuances in the meaning of words with similar denotations.

· L.9-10.6

23. Acquire general academic and domain specific words and phrases.

24. Use general academic and domain-specific words and phrases.

25. Demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

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CRITICAL VOCABULARY Show All | Hide All | Top

1. Alliteration

2. Allusion

3. Artistic medium

4. Artistic subject

5. Assonance

6. Blank verse

7. Complex ideas

8. Connotation

9. Consonance

10. Couplet

11. Denotation

12. Euphemism

13. Explanatory

14. Fate

15. Figurative meaning

16. Fluency

17. Formal English

18. Formatting

19. Free Will

20. Iamb

21. Iambic pentameter

22. Imagery

23. Informal English

24. Literal meaning

25. Metaphor (extended and controlling)

26. Meter

27. Metric foot

28. Mood

29. Onomatopoeia

30. Oxymoron

31. Paradox

32. Personification

33. Poetry

34. Prose

35. Prosody

36. Pun

37. Quatrain

38. Relevant

39. Rhyme scheme

40. Simile

41. Sonnet

42. Source material

43. Stanza

44. Stressed vs. unstressed syllables

45. Structure

46. Tone (determined through diction, imagery, detail, and point of view)

Tone shift
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Educator Uploaded Plans (These are educators specific templates with included information and specifics)
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Bronx Masquerade
Romeo and Juliet
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LITERACY STRATEGIES Show All | Hide All | Top
Audio book
Think Aloud
Group and Label
Compare and Contrast
Visual Vocabulary
Frayer Model
Poetry Performance
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Word Wall
Task Rotation
Backwards Learning
Interactive Lecture
Anticipation Guide
Think-Pair-Share
Reciprocal Learning
KWL Chart
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