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The Jacket - Gary Soto

A lesson plan focused on the use of figurative language in Gary Soto's memoir, "The Jacket."
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Gwen Tompkins

on 5 May 2011

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The Jacket written by Gary Soto "The Jacket" is from a collection of Gary Soto's personal stories - a memoir 1560s, from Anglo-French memorie "something written down to be kept in mind," from L. memoria (see memory). Meaning "person's written account of his life" is from 1670s Don't forget! poet, essayist, playwright, and film producer the son of Mexican-American farm laborers has written poetry, memoirs, essays, and young adult novels professor of creative writing at University of California, Riverside http://www.garysoto.com/gallery.html word cloud for "The Jacket" ... (5 - minute quick-write):
I predict that in the story "The Jacket," ... the most used words in the story - the biggest words are used more often Let's focus on ... As you read ...
Underline examples of these literary devices.
Code I, J, S, M, or P in the text.
Write your favorite example of each in your dialectical journal.
Explain why it is effective (Commentary). You will be able to:

(7A) identify the literary language and devices used in memoirs and personal narratives ... (later we will compare to autobiographies)

(16A) write a personal narrative focusing on word choice (literary devices). Our objectives today: “show me” ... descriptive language that helps the reader imagine what they would see, feel, hear, and smell. helps create MOOD exaggeration direct comparison of two unlike things describing a thing as if it were a person In your group - reflect on these questions and discuss:

How does Gary Soto use LITERARY DEVICES to help you see and feel his embarrassment?

What do YOU think? Did Soto use too many, not enough, or JUST the RIGHT amount of literary devices? Support your opinion with specific examples. Reflection Now it's your turn ... Write about a time when you had to do something that embarrassed you.
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