English Lesson Plan: Author’s Purpose

Lesson Objective: Students will begin to question the purpose of a writer when composing a story or poem.

Lesson OpeningI will ask them who Langston Hughes was and why we are studying him. How is he important to history and literature?

Guided PracticeThe poem Harlem will be read again. I will ask them what they like and dislike about the poem. Students will brainstorm a list of their own dreams. They will understand what Hughes means by dreams. A list will be made of all their different dreams.

Independent PracticeStudents will be asked to explain their dreams in terms of similes. It will be suggested that they refer to the five senses as guidelines. We will then combine the similes together to make one giant poem.

ClosingI will ask them to explain why we use similes.

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