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lesson 9
1 hour

Understanding Complex Relationships through Connotation and Figurative Language


In this lesson, students read and analyze the first stanza of Audre Lorde’s contemporary poem, “From the House of Yemanjá.” Students determine connotative and figurative meanings of words and phrases as they are used in the text, and analyze how these specific word choices begin to establish the speaker’s complex relationship with her mother. Students use their Ideas Tracking Tools to track the development and interactions of ideas in the poem.


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Bilingual Language Progressions

These resources, developed by the New York State Education Department, provide standard-level scaffolding suggestions for English Language Learners (ELLs) to help them meet grade-level demands. Each resource contains scaffolds at multiple levels of language acquisition and describes the linguistic demands of the standards to help ELA teachers as well as ESL/bilingual teachers scaffold content for their English learning students.



From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 2, Lesson 9. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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