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SpringBoard 1.8 Theme for English B
Transcript of SpringBoard 1.8 Theme for English B
Literary Terms: Voice
What Contributes to an authors voice?
Definition: A writer's choice of words.
Definition: A writer's attitude toward a subject, as expressed through diction (choice of words).
Definition: Refers to the particular
in which a work of literature is written--NOT what is said but
it is said.
SB Pgs. 18-20
Theme for English B
Langston Hughes 1902-1967
He was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry and a Major influence in Harlem Renaissance.
Take a minute and preview the poem. What do you notice about it's organization and structure?
Let's Chunk the Text
"Theme for English B"
Now that you have acquired a wealth of new knowledge about voice, style, tone, and diction:
Revisit the poem and underline at least
pieces of textual
of the author's tone in the poem.
Evidence can be:
words (diction), phrases, or descriptors
The teacher will read lines 6-15
A student volunteer will read lines 2-5
The teacher will read lines 16-40
Diction Tone Style
What would be some diction that would portray a FORMAL attitude or TONE? What about a PLAYFUL one?
Voice: the way a writer or speaker uses words and tone to express ideas as well as his or her personas
(What you notice)
(what you have to look harder for)
Examples of Tone (Attitude) Words
The author's tone starts
off bemused and perplexed
then shifts to ironic.
"I wonder if it's that simple"
"It's not easy to know what
is true for you or me"
"So will my page be colored
that I write?" ends with the irony that "I guess you learn from me--although you're older--and white--and somewhat more free."
"This is my page for English B."
Work in groups to complete the graphic organizer
on page 20. Once, you have completed word choice,
imagery, style, and theme, your teacher will show
you how to craft a thesis statement.
When he is first given the
assignment, it's obvious
that the teacher thinks this is a simple assignment, the author does not. The tone can also be considered ironic because although he expresses in the paper that it's not that simple, he is able to write it in a very effective way.
the speaker and the teacher realize that they can learn from each other despite their differences or because of their commonalities.
Re-read the poem with the essential question in mind.
EQ: How can cultural experiences shape, impact, or influence our perception of the world?
Answer in at least four sentences.
You will be writing your own version of "Theme for English B". You must emulate the organizational structure and the style of Hughes's poem.
Your teacher will hand you detailed directions and explain when this assignment s due.