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Copy of Love's Vocabulary - Essay by Diane Ackerman

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Rebecca Wnek

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Love's Vocabulary - Essay by Diane Ackerman
What is Love?
In groups of no more than 4, create a poster with the following four categories:
Diane Ackerman
author of
A Natural History of the Senses, An Alchemy of Mind, The Zookeeper's Wife
Incorporates love of science and natural history into poetry
"Love's Vocabulary" comes from her memoir One Hundred Names for Love, where she discusses her husband's struggle to reclam language after a stroke
What is being compared in lines 2-4?
What connotations do the words have?
What is their cumulative effect?
Determine Word Meanings
What is the simile in Lines 28-40
Does this simile have a negative or a positive connotation?
Analyze Ideas
What are some facts, reasons, and examples that Ackerman uses to support her idea that love "can mean almost nothing or absolutely everything" (lines 41-42)?
Cite examples from the essay
You will have about 15 minutes to work on these, and then we will share with the class.
What is love?
What is love?
What is love?
"I've always transcended best by pretending that I'm Margaret Mead viewing a scene for the first time or an alient from another planet regarding the spectacle of life on earth and discovering how spectacular, unexpected, and beautiful it is.
Based on Lines 1-11, what is the central idea?
Read aloud the passage beginning with the statement, "Since all we have is one word" (line 66) and concluding with "a hundred times that much!" (line 73).
What is the author's tone in this passage?
How does the author's word choice create the tone?
An author often provides examples that support an idea presented in an earlier passage
Read aloud the passage from lines 15-18: "Love is the white light of emotion. It includes many feelings which, out of laziness and confusion, we crowed into one simple word. Art is the prism that sets them [feelings] free."
How does Ackerman's description of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (lines 75-77) relate to this earlier statement?
Reread Lines 85- 93 and Lines 111-122.
How does the example of the ancient Egyptian woman in the Detroit automobile factory create a bridge between ideas?
What are those ideas?
In what ways is the order significant?
Cite examples to support your conclusions.
Reread Lines 138-140.
Explain the simile in these lines.
What comparison is made?
What does it say about love?

Reread the following sentence in Lines 143-145: "People search for love as if it were a city lost beneath the desert dunes, where pleasure is the law, the streets are lined with brocade cushions, and the sun never sets."
What is the tone of this description?
What are the word choices that create that tone?
What is the allusion in Line 136?
Authors sometimes repeat ideas in order to reinforce them. Read aloud lines 126-127: "Values, customs, and protocols may vary from ancient days to the present, but not the majesty of love."
Reread the last paragraph of the essay (lines 134-145).
Which sentence in the final paragraph repeats the idea expressed in lines 126-127?
How does the second statement expand on the first statement?
With a Partner
Does the author answer the question, "What is love?"
Discuss how love is described in the essay.
Select the description you think is best and be prepared to share your answer with the class, supporting your choice with evidence from the text.
Independent Practice
Answer questions 1-7 on page 170 of your text. Please be sure to answer all parts of the question and answer in complete sentences.
Determine Word Meanings
Analyze Ideas
Analyze Ideas
Determine Word Meanings
Analyze Ideas
What is love?
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