Wednesday, March 4, 2015

All Boys, All Blogged: March 4, 2015

Focus: What can we learn from breaking down Bradbury's metaphors and similes?

1. Warming up with a little creative writing: Making your own metaphors

Pick one of the following objects: Books, the breakfast you ate this morning, your brain, your friend's brain, your hands, your pet, your room

Close your eyes and visualize this object. Then generate a list of unlikely, unusual things your object resembles.

Create two metaphors/similes for this object: one that offers positive connotations, and one that offers negative connotations.

2. Offering you Ms. Leclaire's five-step approach to breaking down a challenging metaphor:

Step 1: Find a good metaphor/simile.

"How like a mirror, too, her face. Impossible; for how many people did you know who refracted your own light to you?" (11)

Step 2: Ask a question or two about it.

How is Clarisse's face like a mirror to Montag? How is she refracting his own light?

Step 3: Brainstorm connotations of the elements of the metaphor/simile.

What do I associate with the word "mirror"? What about "light" What about "refracting?"

Step 4: Connect those connotations to larger patterns you're seeing in the text.

Step 5: Answer the questions you asked in Step 2.

3. Trying out your newly found metaphor powers with pages 1-28 of F451; individual power first, then small group power

4. Understanding Bradbury's tricky vocabulary with a little help from; focus just on words 1-15 (quiz will be on Friday, March 13).

1. For Thursday, please read through page 40 in F451 and complete one side of your observation chart. Make sure you're bringing these each day of the week for random check-ins.

2. Start prepping for your banned book persuasive speech (esp. if that means finishing your book).

3. Finish entering vocabulary words 1-15 in if you did not finish during class.

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