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Analyzing Poetry with SIFT (On Wiesel's Night)
Transcript of Analyzing Poetry with SIFT (On Wiesel's Night)
I cannot teach this book. Instead,
I drop copies on their desks,
like bombs on sleeping towns,
and let them read. So do I, again.
The stench rises from the page
and chokes my throat.
The ghosts of burning babies
haunt my eyes.
And that bouncing baton,
that pointer of Death,
stabs me in the heart
as it sends his mother
to the blackening sky.
Nothing is destroyed
the laws of science say—
The millions transformed into
precious smoke ride the wind
to fill our lungs and hearts
with their cries.
No, I cannot teach this book.
I simply want the words
to burn their comfortable souls
and leave them scarred for life.
by Thomas E. Thornton
just look for
check out the
check out the
what they might
not just what you see
all five senses:
sight, sound, touch,
look for big,
are the images
similar or diverse
the writer's attitude
about the topic
lessons the poem tries to teach about life
always a complete sentence
does the writer seem
about the topic?
usually your last step
put the pieces you found together
what's the message
how do the comparisons work?
how are the comparisons alike?
what's the effect of the comparison?
locate and write down
all the tangible objects
in the poem
choose one stanza in the poem and
write a word/phrase description
for each of the five senses
on the text of the poem
underline any five examples of figurative language
and label what kind of figurative language
for each stanza write a word/phrase
that describes the emotional effect
of that stanza by itself
of this poem is "teaching the memoir
based on all the evidence you've S.I.F.T.ed out,
what is this poem's message about the memoir Night and why it's difficult to teach?