Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The shapes that the shrubs have been carved into in the front yard are snakes that have been described in great detail. The objective of this lesson is to look at the use of imagery.
1) Discussion. Have students list the words and phrases that bring to mind some specific image. How important are these descriptive words and phrases to the enjoyment of the story?
2) Classwork: Create a list of ten to twenty items easily seen in the classroom. Have students write a descriptive word or phrase that comes to mind. Open class discussion about the necessity for writers to use imaginative imagery - "marbled" rather than "brown" to describe a desk surface.
3) Homework: Have the students look at what creates imagery that engages the reader. Have them pick two literary examples from past reading. One should contain a passage or paragraph that has strong imagery...
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