A Closer Look Into Anthem: Syntax
1 Introduction: Anticipatory Set
Begin with a whole class discussion about their previous knowledge of Syntax and Word Choice.
Use Poll Everywhere to anonymously pre-assess the class in order to adjust the lesson about Syntax.
Student Scribe - will review activities and lesson goals of the previous day and will ask a review question to the class.
2 Instructional Activities
1. SlideShare on Syntax, an overview of Parts of Speech and Word Choice.
4. Socrative Poll will be used to reinforce ideas of simple v. complex and go over parts of speech.
5. Students will be given a worksheet on Antithesis to complete.
1. Students will be able to access SlideShare if they are absent or need to review the notes from the day.
2. In groups of 3-4 (pre-determined) students will log into the class Google Drive and find a Doc with simple sentences written on it. Students will work together to determine and label the parts of speech and then turn the simple sentence into a complex sentence.
4. Students will individually use Socrative to anonymously assess their comprehension of Syntax, parts of speech and complex v. simple sentences.
5. Students will complete the worksheet individually or with a partner.
3 Instructional Activity
3. Whole class discussion on Syntax in Anthem.
3. Students will find examples of simple v. complex sentences in Anthem and discuss the use of Syntax by Ayn Rand.
4 Wrap Up - Synthesis/Closure:
Students will pick one phrase that stood out to them from Anthem or the handout and discuss Rand’s use of it. 5 points for completion and critical examination.
-> Students investigate the novel and write down a phrase that stands out to them.
-> Students write down Ayn Rand's use of Syntax, word choice, or parts of speech in that phrase.
Key Standards Supported
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).