My Ántonia: Figurative Language

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The rich, vivid imagery in Willa Cather's novel, My Ántonia, is both engrossing to read and important to understand in the context of the plot. Young learners work in groups to identify key images, similes, and metaphors in Book One, and present what they have discovered to the class. In a narrative writing assignment, kids describe a memory from their childhood using sensory details, and continue reading Book Two for homework.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Allow kids to complete their writing assignment in narrative or poetic form, depending on their writing strengths
  • Fold the lesson into a larger discussion about figurative language
Classroom Considerations
  • Best if split into several class periods, or within an extended block period
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