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Language Lessons from the Classroom
Language lessons from the classroom

In this chapter, we will present three lessons that we believe are particularly effective for addressing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Language. The Grades 6–8 lesson, Literary Devices Booklet, focuses on examining the use of literary devices and how they shape the meaning and style of a literary work. The Of Mice and Men Visualization Exercise for Grades 9–10 allows students to explore language and how it functions in Steinbeck's novel. Lastly, in the Grades 11–12 lesson, Speech Analysis, students apply their understanding of rhetorical language and how it functions in a speech by composing their own speeches.

Within the first lesson, Literary Devices Booklet, students analyze how specific word choice in the poem “Stopping ...

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