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“The New Colossus”. Emma Lazarus Page 493. In literature, symbols are people, places, or events that have meaning in themselves but that also stand for something beyond themselves. Examples: A dove may symbolize peace. A skull may symbolize death Uncle Sam symbolizes the U.S. Government.

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The new colossus

“The New Colossus”

Emma Lazarus

Page 493


Symbols and symbolism

  • In literature, symbols are people, places, or events that have meaning in themselves but that also stand for something beyond themselves.

    Examples:

  • A dove may symbolize peace.

  • A skull may symbolize death

  • Uncle Sam symbolizes the U.S. Government

Symbols and Symbolism


Allusion review

  • Colossus is an ancient Greek statue of the Greek figure Helios.

  • It’s on the island of Rhodes near Greece.

  • It was built to celebrate a victory over an invading nation.

  • It was over 100 ft. tall and was one of the tallest structures of the ancient world.

  • THINK: What did this Colossus symbolize?

Allusion - Review


Statue of liberty

  • Part of the poem is on a plaque on The Statue of Liberty.

  • What does The Statue of Liberty symbolize for Americans?

  • For immigrants?

  • To the rest of the world?

  • PREDICT: What themes do you think the poem “The New Colossus” will have?

Statue of Liberty


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  • Part of the poem is on a plaque on The Statue of Liberty.

“The New Colossus”


Before you read find the definitions write down the definitions for each word in your notes

  • Brazen –(adjective)

  • Exiles – (noun)

  • Beacon – (noun)

  • Tempest – (noun)

  • Yearning – (used as noun)

  • Wretched – (adjective)

Before you read: Find the definitions…write down the definitions for each word in your notes..


With your partners

  • Read 492 “Theme: The American Dream”

  • Make a list of how the American Dream has changed over time.

With your partners…


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  • Read the poem written by Emma Lazarus out loud with your partners. Read it through twice.

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  • How does Colossus contrast to “The Mother of Exiles?”

  • Who are the huddled masses coming to America?

  • Which words spoken by the statue are the most important? Why?

  • “I lift my lamp beside the golden door” is a metaphor. Explain what it means.

  • What do you think Lazarus is saying about America in this poem?

Discussion Questions – in your notes, discuss with your partner and write the answer to the following questions using complete sentences.


On your own

  • Quiz and hand in…

On your own…


Socrative quiz

  • Log in to JRUNNING to take the quiz.

  • Enter your first and last name.

  • CAREFULLY answer the four multiple choice questions. You may use the poem to assist you with the quiz.

  • When you are finished, exit off.

  • If you do not have your iPad, waitquietly for your neighbor to finish with their quiz and then take the quiz.

  • ON YOUR OWN, write a paragraph defending why this poem is considered a Lyric and why. Also discuss one piece of figurative language being used in the poem. You should use textual support (ICE quote)

Socrative Quiz


The new colossus

“The New Colossus” Quiz. Answer on a half sheet of paper.

  • What details tell you the old Colossus was probably huge and warlike in appearance?

    a. “Mighty woman with a torch”b. “Mild eyes”

    c. “Brazen giant”d. “Wretched refuse”

  • How does the name Lazarus gives The Statue of Liberty differ from Colossus?

    a. The name is welcoming to newcomersb. Mother always means something nice

    b. Exile means strong like brassd. It doesn’t; they’re the same

  • Which statement best restates what Lazarus thinks the statue

    is saying?

    a. The statue’s light is important. b. The statue sees lots of poor, huddled people.

    c. The statue is welcoming to some people.d. The statue says it will give a home to all immigrants.

  • Readers can infer that Lazurus:

    a. Wishes Colossus was still standing.b. Believes in The American Dream.

    c. Thinks the Statue of Liberty is pleasant.d. Doesn’t like immigrants.


The new colossus

“The New Colossus” Quiz. Answer on a half sheet of paper.

  • What details tell you the old Colossus was probably huge and warlike in appearance?

    a. “Mighty woman with a torch”b. “Mild eyes”

    c. “Brazen giant”d. “Wretched refuse”

  • How does the name Lazarus gives to The Statue of Liberty differ from Colossus?

    a. The name is welcoming to newcomersb. Mother always means something nice

    b. Exile means strong like brassd. It doesn’t; they’re the same

  • Which statement best restates what Lazarus thinks the statue

    is saying?

    a. The statue’s light is important. b. The statue sees lots of poor, huddled people.

    c. The statue is welcoming to some people.d. The statue says it will give a home to all immigrants.

  • Readers can infer that Lazurus:

    a. Wishes Colossus was still standing.b. Believes in The American Dream.

    c. Thinks the Statue of Liberty is pleasant.d. Doesn’t like immigrants.


Vocabulary check

  • Brazen – like brass,asin sound, color, or strength. (adj)

  • Exiles – anyoneseparatedfrom his orhercountryor home voluntarily or byforceofcircumstances. (n)

  • Beacon – aguiding or warning signal, as a light or fire, usually in an elevatedposition. (n)

  • Tempest – a storm (n)

  • Yearning – deep longing, especially when accompanied by tendernessorsadness(used as n)

  • Wretched – very unfortunate in condition or circumstances; miserable; pitiable; awful.

Vocabulary Check


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