This prompt asks students to list meaningful words and phrases from a text, exploring why the language is effective. Students then brainstorm a similar list of emotionally powerful words and phrases, using the list to write an imaginative piece that relates to an issue in the text.
- Review the steps in the handout "Plan for Write to the Source."
- Review the sample task and then fill in the task template fields below the sample task.
- Review the handout "Narrative Writing Rubric." Adapt as necessary.
Essential Question: How does having or not having power change the way we express ourselves?
Text Title(s): Read “Ain’t I a Woman."
Suggested Writing Product: Make a list of words or phrases from the text that stand out to you as beautiful. Talk with a partner or small group about why this language is meaningful. Brainstorm a list of similar words or phrases than can be used to communicate the same message, focusing on sensory language. Use your list to write a poem about an issue you care about that relates to the text.
Additional Task Demand: Deepen your piece by using at least three strong or beautiful words or phrases that are inspired by the central text.