Today's Learning Objective *Understand the author's use of description and explain the effects of literary devices (personification, simile, imagery). *Use context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
|Author Francisco Jiménez|
|Francisco (Panchito) Jiménez, as a boy|
To understand a little more about the basic story of The Circuit, watch the video preview below.
Literary Devices One way that good writers, like Francisco Jiménez, make their stories come alive for their readers is by using literary devices, such as imagery, similes, and personification. Literary devices can help readers understand a character's life and surroundings. They also help readers form mental pictures of a story's setting and events.
Today let's focus on similes and personification, which are examples of figurative language. In figurative language, writing goes beyond the actual meanings of words so the reader gains new insights into the objects or subjects in the work. When you describe something by comparing it to something else, for instance, you are using figurative language.
A simile is a comparison of two things that have some quality in common, and usually contains a word such as like, as, resembles, or than. For some examples of similes check out the short video below.
Flocabulary Vocabulary Welcome to Unit 5 of Flocabulary's vocabulary program! This week's lesson "Big Up Yourself" is all about boosting your confidence, and along with it a new set of words to interact with, learn, and hopefully begin to incorporate into our own vocabulary. This week's words are:
dense / deplete / eclipse / eerie / effect / esteem / excel / futile / hazardous / influence / monotonous / prominent / quest / solar / unique
After watching and interacting with the video and song a couple of times, study the words and their meanings with the PDF document Vocabulary - Unit 5 (Big Up Yourself), which can be found in your Language Arts Google Classroom. The accompanying assignment Thinking Creatively ('Big Up Yourself') is also in your Language Arts Google Classroom, and should be completed by Thursday, November 10.
Homework (1.) Read for at least 30 minutes at home each school night. (2.) Continue working on the assignment Thinking Creatively ('Big Up Yourself'), which will be due on Thursday, November 10.