Objective: Opening Poem The author uses many literary techniques in the book including the similes found in the Langston Hughes poem. The objective of this lesson is to understand similes in literature
1) Lead the class in a discussion of figurative language. Begin with a definition of a simile and ask the class for any examples they can pinpoint. How do the similes of the deferred dream make the story more interesting? More readable? Do the students agree that literature would not be the same without figurative language? Why or why not? What would the story be like without figurative language and other literary techniques? Would it even be a story? Explain.
Write the following lines on the board: "What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore and then run? Does it stink like rotten...
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