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Transcript of Aphorisms
Think about the phrase, “less is more,” and consider how it applies to the following aphorism: “If you don’t stand for anything, you’ll fall for everything.”
This “one-liner” says a lot. What does it say to you?
Brainstorm responses to the question in your Reader’s notebook. When finished, you will turn to a partner and share your thinking. Some responses will be shared with the whole class.
Aphorisms are a way of communicating with others that are compact and to the point; they are often “one-liners” that catch people’s attention. • A well-stated aphorism often makes it difficult to imagine anything better ever being said on the subject. • Writers/Speakers who effectively communicate with aphorisms know their audience and the purpose for communicating on a particular topic.
“What is free speech? How do we effectively exercise this right?” Take what you have learned during the mini lesson on Aphorisms and use this newly acquired skill to write an aphorism—“one liner”—that best expresses their current understanding of the question.
The First Amendment of the Constitution says that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Open you Reader’s Notebook, and in your own words, state what this means to you.
Turn to a partner to share your thinking. Once each of you has had the opportunity to share, you will join another pair to create a group of four students. While in your groups, share your brainstorming. Some of these will be shared with the whole class.
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In the 1920’s, a famous writer, Ernest Hemingway, made a bet with his friends
that he could write a complete story in
just six words. His friends didn’t
believe he could do it.
In your table groups compose a
collaborative six-word story that best
tells “the story” of what the First Amendment
of the Constitution means to you. You must justify your connections between your story and the aphorism.
Closing: Discuss what you have learned
during this lesson.
Homework: Create your own "Six Word Memoir" on any topic the can be personally related to you.