RL.6.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

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Literary Elements and Walt Whitman
From pbslearningmedia.org, produced by New York Network
What is a literary element? Find the answer in this video segment that highlights the personal and artistic life of Walt Whitman.  Some elements used include imagery, symbolism, point of view, and characterization.  (05:50)
Found by Mrs Jefferies in RL.6.4
May 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM
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Insults By Shakespeare
From ted.com, produced by TED education
“You’re a fishmonger!” By taking a closer look at Shakespeare’s words--specifically his insults--we see why he is known as a master playwright whose works transcend time and appeal to audiences all over the world. (06:23) NOTE: There is some swor... [more]
July 25, 2012 at 04:14 PM
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"Still I Rise" Poem by Maya Angelou
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A reading of the poem "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou herself.  A wonderful example of how a poet reads her poem from the soul. Also, a great example of using the voice to bring meaning out of a poem.  Collection of video and still photographs of the ... [more]
Found by ronna_37 in RL.6.4
July 12, 2009 at 07:34 AM
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Tim Burton - Vincent (English)
From YouTube, produced by Rick Heinrichs
This video made by famous producer Tim Burton, brings a poem to life in only a way Mr. Burton can.  The poem is about a young boy with a very active imagination who pretends to be Vincent Pice.  The poem also makes a couple of references to Edgar Ala... [more]
Found by jswan86 in RL.6.4
March 17, 2012 at 09:52 PM
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Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood, a graphic novel by Tony Lee
From astorybeforebed.com
The author, a Children's Choice Book Award finalist, reads his graphic novel, Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood.  His voice has an English accent and his reading is enthusiastic. The viewer can turn the pages of the book by clicking on them, and can r... [more]
June 6, 2010 at 01:54 PM
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How to Analyze a Poem
From eHow, produced by D.M. Harris
Analyzing a poem requires paying attention to the form, if applicable, the story line and how it changes, the language and the word choices. Dissect a piece of poetry, looking especially for change in the character or tone, with tips from a published... [more]
Found by teresahopson in RL.6.4
October 14, 2009 at 07:47 PM
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How to Write a Limerick and Haiku Poem
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This is an instructional video clip on how to write a limerick and haiku poem.  The video features a narrator defining each type of poetry and composing one of each.  Words appear on a black screen.   (2:19)
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August 19, 2009 at 12:31 PM
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Haiku's about band instruments
From watchknowlearn.org, produced by ECMS Band
This is a video of band members reciting Haikus they wrote about their instruments.  (02:55)
Found by pianomandan in RL.6.4
October 11, 2012 at 10:54 PM
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"The Tell Tale Heart," A Short, Animated Story by Edgar Allan Poe
From YouTube, produced by Stephen Bosustow, United Productions Of America (UPA)
This is an animated short 1953 film, with music, adapted from Edgar Allan Poe's short story, "The Tell Tale Heart."  Narratied by James Mason, the film has good sound quality and graphic animation (though the screen is black, except for the pinpoint ... [more]
Found by musictcher71 in RL.6.4
July 11, 2009 at 05:24 PM
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"Dear Father" By J. Ivy on HBO Def Poetry
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This is video of a poetry reading performed on Def Poetry by J. Ivy.  The poem is about a man's feelings about his absent father.  (02:32)
Found by MargaretPCA in RL.6.4
September 27, 2012 at 10:16 PM
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