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lesson 3
1 hour

The Role of Figurative Language


In this lesson, students read and analyze the second half of paragraph 2 of “Of Our Spiritual Strivings” in which Du Bois develops his metaphor of the “veil” as he describes the experience of being an “outcast and a stranger” in the “pale world” (par. 2). Students analyze Du Bois’s use of figurative language, determining meaning from context, and analyzing the role this language plays in the text.


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From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 3. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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