Loading presentation...

Present Remotely

Send the link below via email or IM

Copy

Present to your audience

Start remote presentation

  • Invited audience members will follow you as you navigate and present
  • People invited to a presentation do not need a Prezi account
  • This link expires 10 minutes after you close the presentation
  • A maximum of 30 users can follow your presentation
  • Learn more about this feature in our knowledge base article

Do you really want to delete this prezi?

Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.

DeleteCancel

Make your likes visible on Facebook?

Connect your Facebook account to Prezi and let your likes appear on your timeline.
You can change this under Settings & Account at any time.

No, thanks

Abstract vs. Concrete Diction

No description
by

Ms. Annand-Baechtel

on 6 March 2014

Comments (0)

Please log in to add your comment.

Report abuse

Transcript of Abstract vs. Concrete Diction

"The difference between the almost-right word and the right word is really a large matter--it's the difference between lightning bug and lightning."

-Mark Twain
DICTION
Concrete
Abstract
What does this mean to you?
Abstract Diction
Ideas or concepts with no physical referents.
Diction: Abstract & Concrete
DO NOW:
Define the following:
Love
Hate
Change

Think
Attitudes
,
Emotions
,
Politics
...

Anything that doesn't appeal to your
senses
.
Love
Success
Freedom
Education
Dreams


Intelligence
Martyrdom
Chauvinism
Racism
(and every other ism)
You Can't Pin it Down...
Concrete Diction
Words that appeal to our senses
We have a mental picture
"house," "spoon"
Concrete vs. Abstract
Candy bar
Tree
House
Gun
Velvet
Homework
Oxygen
Holding Hands
VS.
Delicious
Nature
Peace
Danger
Fashion
Responsibility
Life
Love
They may be different images, but they are images none the less.


Think about
love (or hate or change)
... What do you picture??
We all picture different things...

These are CONCRETE things that do not actually define the word.
To Review...
Abstract:
Hard to pin down.
Words are changeable
No clear mental image

Concrete
Words with a set definition
Appeals to our senses

Let's Practice!
Abstract or Concrete?
She, she ain't real,
She ain't gonna be able to love you like I will,
She is a stranger,
You and I have history,
Or don't you remember?
-Adele
Abstract or Concrete?
I crashed my car into the bridge. I watched. I let it burn.
-Icona Pop
Abstract or Concrete?
Wanted to receive attention for my music.
-Eminem
Even a large male gorilla, unaccustomed to tourists, is frightened by people.
Making it a little more concrete...
A four-hundred-pound male gorilla, unaccustomed to tourists, will bolt into the forest, trailing a stream of diarrhea, at the mere sight of a person.
YOUR TURN!
With a partner, you have exactly 3 minutes to divide your excerpts into abstract or concrete.

The one with the most answered correctly wins!
Abstract:
Concrete:
Think:
foundation
Independent Practice
Choose 1 from each set and change the diction into either .

(Make abstract words concrete, make concrete lines more abstract.)
Exit Ticket:
1. Discuss the difference between abstract and concrete diction.

2. Identify whether the excerpt is abstract or concrete. Explain your reasoning.
Jeff Bigger, “Searching for El Chapareke”
Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street
Firoozeh Dumas, “The F-Word
"I picked up a basketball for the first time..." Sherman Alexie, “Indian Education”
"In tight-knit communities..." President Obama

"Before making a decision..."
"It is widely discussed..."
"We have no set goals..."
"In the coming months..." President Obama
"But it felt good..." Sherman Alexie, “Indian Education”
Full transcript