Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Similes and Metaphors in Poetry

What do Justin Bieber and a croaking frog have in common?
Find out today in the poem "I'm Nobody! Who Are You?" by Emily Dickinson. 

 Today's Learning Objectives   To understand and appreciate poetry and understand the use of figurative language in a poem.

Examining the Use of Similes and Metaphors in Poetry  Today we will read three different poems by three different poets. Our objective is to try our best to understand and appreciate each poem, while also going deeper as poet Billy Collins would want us to do. 

Each poem you read today features figurative language, especially similes and metaphors. As you examine each poem closely, be on the lookout for the use of similes and metaphors. Additionally, think about what is being compared in the identified simile or metaphor, how those two things are alike, why does the poet makes this comparison, and what effect it has on you the reader? You will record your analysis using the document Similes and Metaphors in Poetry, which can be found in your Language Arts Google Classroom

Musical Homework Assignment  Poetry is not the only place you can find figurative language, such as similes and metaphors. Songs feature them too. Check out a few examples below. 

Tomorrow we will be examining the use of similes and metaphors in music. One of your homework assignments tonight is to select one of your favorite songs that features either a simile, a metaphor, or both. We will be listening to various songs tomorrow, so make sure your choice is appropriate for classroom listening. Please share your selection with me using the Google Form here. You may submit more than one song if you choose. 

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and, if you choose, make a reading log entry using the Digital Reading Log. (Remember you must have made at least two entries by the end of the day Friday.) (2.) Find one song that contains a metaphor or simile and share it on Google Form listed above. (3.) Complete the assignments Similes and Metaphors in Poetry and Similes and Metaphors - Independent Practice, both of which are  due Friday, December 11.   

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