World Lit: Welcome to Cultural Perspectives!

Standard: ELAGSE9-10RL4 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.) 

Learning Target: I can analyze poetry to identify sensory language, structure, and technique. 

Opening Session: VOCAB QUIZ!!!

Work Session: Welcome back to SPRINGBOARD!!! Grab yo books and let’s talk about CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES!!! Go ahead and open to page 112, where we will briefly preview the unit and unpack the first embedded assessment you’ll be doing  

Next up, on page 113, you’ll see a poem called “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon. As we always do with poetry, we will read this through three times to really get a feel for it. Then, I would like for you to do the chart under question 3, “Working from the Text”. This chart will ask you to examine the sensory language Lyon uses in her poem. When you’ve finished the chart, start considering sensory details like this that relate to your own life.  We will also turn to page 154, and read 2 additional poems as inspiration. These are called “Woman With Kite” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and “Grape Sherbet” by Rita Dove.

After the chart is done, I want you to take Lyon’s, Divakaruni’s, and Dove’s poems as inspiration and write your own. I will write one alongside you, of course. You can use Lyon’s structure as closely or as loosely as you like, but make sure you include sensory details for all five senses in your poem. 

Closing Session: Share out! 


Assessment: Informal – book check, formal – vocab quiz 

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding) 

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