Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 9

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In this lesson, students will encounter Emily Dickinson’s poem “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,” for the first time. Students will experience two masterful readings of "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,” in which they will explore the overall meaning of the poetic speaker's funeral metaphor by analyzing the language Dickinson uses. A sequence of questions orients students to the poem and scaffolds comprehension by focusing on particular words and phrases in the poem. The questions also ask students to consider specific lines from the poem that begin to address central idea and Dickinson’s structural choices, concepts upon which Lessons 10 and 11 will continue to build.The assessment for Lesson 9, a Quick Write, asks students to consider the cumulative impact of five specific lines from the poem—one from each stanza—on the meaning of the poem.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and...
L.9-10.5.a Interpret figures of speech (e.g., euphemism, oxymoron) in context and analyze their role in the...
L.9-10.5.b Analyze nuances in the meaning of words with similar denotations.

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