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Exploring Change Through Allegory and Poetry

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Exploring Change Through Allegory and Poetry

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Type: Lesson/Unit Plan

Overview:

Change is an inevitable part of life the challenges many young adults. Understanding and accepting change are key components in career and future planning. In this lesson, students explore the theme of change through allegory and poetry by reading an example of literary allegory and creating their own pictorial allegories. Students first define allegory and complete a pictorial allegory—or "me tree"—that displays phrases describing their interests, trails, and dreams on outlines of their hands. Next, they read and discuss a text, such as Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree or Sandy Stryker's Tonia the Tree ;that addresses change, and then review basic literary concepts as they complete a literary elements map and plot diagram. Finally, students further explore change, and what it means to them, as they write diamante poems related to the theme of change.

Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 6
1 ) Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. [RL.6.1]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.6.1- Answer who, what, where, when, and why questions about stories using textual evidence for support.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 6
2 ) Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments. [RL.6.2]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.6.2- Identify the theme or main idea of a story; provide a simple summary of a story.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 6
3 ) Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution. [RL.6.3]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.6.3- Identify the plot of a story including exposition, conflicts, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution; describe how the dynamic character changes throughout a story (beginning, middle, and end).


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 6
5 ) Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot. [RL.6.5]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 6
8 ) Differentiate among odes, ballads, epic poetry, and science fiction. (Alabama)

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 6
10 ) By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the Grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. [RL.6.10]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 7
21 ) Write informative or explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. [W.7.2]

a. Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison or contrast, and cause and effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. [W.7.2a]

b. Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples. [W.7.2b]

c. Use appropriate transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts. [W.7.2c]

d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic. [W.7.2d]

e. Establish and maintain a formal style. [W.7.2e]

f. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented. [W.7.2f]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.7.21- Compose informative or explanatory texts by stating a topic, providing facts or details, and providing an appropriate conclusion related to the topic.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 7
39 ) Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on Grade 7 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies. [L.7.4]

a. Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word's position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase. [L.7.4a]

b. Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., belligerent, bellicose, rebel). [L.7.4b]

c. Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech. [L.7.4c]

d. Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary). [L.7.4d]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.7.39 - Determine the meaning of a word or phrase.
ELA.AAS.7.39a - Use context clues to determine the meaning of a word or phrase.
ELA.AAS.7.39b - Identify common affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word.
ELA.AAS.7.39c - Demonstrate the ability to use reference materials to find the pronunciation of a word or determine its meaning.
ELA.AAS.7.39d - Verify the meaning of a word or phrase using a dictionary.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 7
41 ) Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression. [L.7.6]

Tags: Diamante Poems, Literary Elements Map, Plot Diagram, ReadWriteThink Webbing Tool, Sandy Stryker, Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree, Tonia the Tree
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