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SpringBoard 1.8 Theme for English B

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Lindsey Cruz

on 15 September 2013

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Transcript of SpringBoard 1.8 Theme for English B

"Theme for English B" by Langston Hughes
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
Getting Situated
"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
1. angry
2. sarcastic
3. sweet
4. harsh
5. cheerful
6. pleasant
7. sharp
8. disgusted
9. haughty
10. soothing
11. melancholic
12. depressed
13. ecstatic
14. agitated
15. sympathetic
16. seductive
17. hollow
18. humorous
19. passive
20. persuasive
21. afraid
22. tired
23. happy
24. disappointed
25. dejected
26. excited
27. desperate
28. superficial
29. sad
30. artificial
31. authoritative
32. surprised
33. ironic
34. content
35. hurt
36. confused
37. questioning
38. inquisitive
39. arrogant
40. condescending
41. coarse
42. romantic
43. upset
44. paranoid
45. pleading
51. loving
52. scornful
53. enthusiastic
54. snooty
55. dreamy
46. numb
47. cynical
48. facetious
49. hating
50. nervous
56. lighthearted
57. humble
58. instructive
59. disinterested
60. uninterested
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.
Thematic statement=
Through a
writing assignment
the speaker and the teacher realize that they can learn from each other despite their differences or because of their commonalities.

Essential Question
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.
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