Beautiful Language

Write to the Source
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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. 

Follow these steps to customize this narrative/understanding task:
  1. Review the steps in the handout "Plan for Write to the Source."
  2. Review the sample task and then fill in the task template fields below the sample task.
  3. Review the handout "Narrative Writing Rubric." Adapt as necessary.

Sample task

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.

Task Template

For planning purposes, use these fields to customize your student's task:

Additional task demands
Abolitionists William Still, Sojourner Truth, William Loyd Garrison, unidentified male and female slaves, and Black Union soldiers in front of American flag

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