The Dash Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan will help students identify the central message of the poem and interpret the author's use of metaphor as they read the 'The Dash' by Linda Ellis.

Learning Objective

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the theme of The Dash by Linda Ellis
  • Identify and interpret the author's use of figurative language

Length

60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.2

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.4

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).

Vocabulary

  • appreciation
  • dash
  • eulogy
  • funeral
  • matters
  • proud
  • rearranged
  • rehash
  • represents
  • respect
  • tombstone
  • worth
  • extended metaphor

Materials

  • copies of The Dash by Linda Ellis
  • paper
  • highlighters
  • pens

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