Objective: Chapter 1 "Karintha" Toomer describes Karintha's soul as "a thing ripened too soon." Have students read "A Raisin in the Sun" by Langston Hughes and compare the authors' use of metaphor.
1. Give the class a short overview of Langston Hughes and his writing while introducing them to Hughes' famous poem "A Raisin in the Sun" and reviewing the use/definition of metaphor.
2. Divide the class into groups of five to six students and ask groups to first read Hughes' short poem, then compare/contrast the use of metaphors. How are they different? Similar? How are they effective? Why would both authors choose to use similar subject matter (i.e., food)? Reconvene the class and discuss as a group what each group came up with.
3. Homework: In your choice of medium (poem, short paragraph, etc.), use metaphor and food to describe your current state of mind.
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