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Peeling Back the Layers. “Sister”. Essential Questions. How does understanding the sound devices an author uses, contribute to our understanding of the poem? How does understanding the figurative language an author uses, contribute to our understanding of the poem?

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Peeling back the layers

Peeling Back the Layers

“Sister”


Essential questions

Essential Questions

  • How does understanding the sound devices an author uses, contribute to our understanding of the poem?

  • How does understanding the figurative language an author uses, contribute to our understanding of the poem?

  • Why is it important to be able to decipher between and understand literal and figurative language?

    How does this relate to real life?

    Understanding sound devices and figurative language allows you to gain insight to the true or intended meaning.


Sister by leona gom

SisterBy Leona Gom

She is holding my hand

but I can’t remember it,

whether it was something automatic

like smiling for the camera

or whether our mother had to say

take her hand, come on.

Mostly we remember

who hit who first,

who was pushed off the sled,

who tattled to father,

all that stale history still

squashed between us 30 years later.

It becomes easier every year

to think it is too late,

we are too different now,

the letter at Christmas as much

as there will ever be.

But still I return to the old albums,

touch the glassy photographs

with their secrets sealed in.

My fingertips find the two small faces

I want to forgive, find

The sister holding my hand.


Label devices

Label Devices

  • Label the sound devices and figurative language in the excerpt of “Fields of Flashing Light” (on your own).

    • You may create a graphic organizer to label both the sound devices and the figurative language.

    • Provide 3-5 sentences that explain the main idea of the poem.


Essential questions1

Essential Questions

  • How does understanding the sound devices an author uses, contribute to our understanding of the poem?

    By understanding the sound devices an author decides to use in a poem, you gain insight to the meaning and feeling of the poem.

  • How does understanding the figurative language an author uses, contribute to our understanding of the poem?

    By understanding the figurative language an author decides to use in a poem, it will allow you as the reader to discover the author’s intended meaning.

  • Why is it important to be able to decipher between and understand literal and figurative language?

    It is important to decipher literal and figurative meaning because you then realize that a word, phrase or statement can have more than one meaning.


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