Literature - EC: L.N.1.1.4
Continuum of Activities
The list below represents a continuum of activities: resources categorized by Standard/Eligible Content that teachers may use to move students toward proficiency. Using LEA curriculum and available materials and resources, teachers can customize the activity statements/questions for classroom use.
This continuum of activities offers:
- Instructional activities designed to be integrated into planned lessons
- Questions/activities that grow in complexity
- Opportunities for differentiation for each student’s level of performance
- Recall the definition of diction.
- Identify at least five instances of diction specific to the text and/or words or phrases that could have been said, written or conveyed differently.
- For the five examples of diction you have found, generate a list of possible synonyms that the author could have used instead.
- For each of your five original examples, explain the connotation, feelings evoked, or comparisons drawn by the author’s choice of words.
- Draw a conclusion about what the author intended his or her audience to feel or think by his or her choice of words.
- Analyze how the author’s diction is intended to support the author’s purpose.
- Students accurately recall the definition of diction—an author’s choice of words.
- Students identify diction—specifically chosen words or phrases meant to evoke a certain feeling or idea—in a text.
- Using a graphic organizer, list or chart, students generate synonym words or phrases that the author could have used instead. Students begin to see how writing is a craft and a series of choices an author makes towards a purpose.
- Students explain the connotative and evocative meaning of words besides their formal definitions. Students begin to understand the power and influence behind certain word choices.
- Students put their investigation together to formulate a conclusion about how an author intended his or her audience/reader to feel or think by the use of diction in a piece of nonfiction.
- Students expand on the use to diction to how it supports the author’s purpose with a piece of nonfiction. This is accomplished through discussion and written evidence of examples from the text.
Suggested Rubric: This rubric may be used to assess a student’s overall mastery of the standard or eligible content.