As we continue to dive deeply into the text, analyzing different aspects of the literature, wonder-filled words and writer’s craft are key.
One of our tasks will be to solve and create anagrams. Anagrams are words or phrases created by rearranging the letters in other words or phrases. They can be related or unrelated.
For example: The letters in L-I-S-T-E-N can be rearranged to spell S-I-L-E-N-T.
This anagram happens to be a set of related words because when you listen, you are silent.
Another example is the word A-N-A-G-R-A-M. These letters can be rearranged to make the phrase NAG A RAM. The letters in the word have been rearranged to make a phrase. This anagram is, obviously, not related.
To learn more and see additional examples, watch the following video.
Secret Agent Tips: How to Solve Anagrams Effectively
Like anagrams, palindromes provide another way to play with the STRUCTURE of words or phrases.
Scholarly Challenge: Find and post examples of anagrams and palindromes in the padlet below. As an extra scholarly challenge, try to create your own.
We will also be discussing “the best figure of speech hands down: hyperbole”. Well, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement, but that’s the point. Hyperbole is meant to be an exaggeration.
Check out the video below to learn more about hyperbole and to take an opportunity to practice.
Don’t forget to add some of your own examples to our figurative language Padlet.
Since our central idea for our unit is related to STRUCTURE, poetry is a perfect genre to explore as writers. After reflecting on Koly and the events in Homeless Bird so far, we will communicate some of our thinking through the writing of quatrain poems. As you will learn in the following video, one of the elements of a quatrain poem is that it is about a specific subject, we will be able to highlight a big idea or theme from the first chapter.
Finally, some of your work this week will require you to think about text STRUCTURES, specifically sequential or chronological text STRUCTURE.We can use this STRUCTURE to think about Koly’s wedding.
The following video is great because is ties into some ideas explored in our last unit on struggle and survival, explains sequential text STRUCTURE, and highlights brain-crossing strategies that help grow neurons! Whoa! (Oh… how might the growing of neurons relate to STRUCTURE? Hmmm…)
Sequential (a.k.a. Chronological)
Throughout our reading and analysis of Homeless Bird, we will be learning about these other text STRUCTURES, as well.
Compare and Contrast
Problem-Solution / Cause-Effect