Monday, September 06, 2010

Organization, or the Lack Thereof

I noticed this on Saturday in the Language standards:

Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

  • a. Interpret figures of speech (e.g., euphemism, oxymoron) in context and analyze their role in the text.
  • b. Analyze nuances in the meaning of words with similar denotations.

And I thought, "Oh, shit, I missed that on one of those Common Core Curriculum map posts." Except the curriculum's activity in question does not actually refer back specifically to that standard, which is obviously not a huge issue but nonetheless underscores the effect of the poor organization of the standards.

Also, what's the difference between a "figure of speech" and a "literary device?" Are they equivalent from the point of view of "alignment?" Discuss.

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