1Day 3 – Diction, Syntax & Film TKAMDay 3 – Diction, Syntax & Film
2LG & AgendaLG: As a litterateur, I can identify plot, characters, and examples of diction and syntax in a nonprint text to support my comprehension of To Kill A Mockingbird.Agenda:EnergizerDiction & Syntax NotesFilmDiscuss Imagery, Diction & SyntaxExit SlipBook distribution
3Entering the Classroom Take out your PreNB, a writing utensil, TKaM viewing guide and your research questions.Take out your outside reading book and your TKaM film viewing notes.Write down the independent practice.Please put away any electronic devices.
4Good Morning!Learning Goal: As a litterateur, I can identify plot, characters, and examples of diction & syntax in a nonprint text to support my comprehension of To Kill A Mockingbird.Energizer:In the film, what characters have we met? What similarities are you seeing between Maple Valley & Maycomb? What exposition have we seen so far?Decide which definition of imagery fits the movie. Bullet 3-4 specific details from the film to support your conclusion.
5Theme + Tone = Literary Analysis Oh yea…Our approach to literary analysis:Theme + Tone = Literary AnalysisToday = Diction and SyntaxPlot + ToneDiction + Syntax + Imagery
6DictionNarrowly defined, diction is simply the speaker or author’s word choice.Diction is then typically divided into two components: vocabulary and syntax.
7What the Smartypants means by vocabulary… Vocabulary, in connection to diction, means:The degree of difficultyThe complexity of the wordsHow abstract the words areThe formality of the chosen wordsThe origin of words chosen (native/foreign, Latin/Germanic, etc)Some critics describe this “vocabulary” in terms of the “level” of the language used.How would you characterize the diction in your last outside reading book? In your current ORR book? How about in Curious Incident?
8And how exactly is diction different than syntax? Syntax is the arrangement –the ordering, grouping, and placement –of words within a sentence.When we talk about syntax, we generally talk about two things:How complex the sentence isHow fragmented the sentence is
9“I rode across the meadow” “Across the meadow I rode” Examples“I rode across the meadow”“Across the meadow I rode”What is different between these two sentences? What is the same?
10“I rode across the sea of grass.” “I rode across the meadow.” What have I altered?“I rode across the sea of grass.”“I rode across the meadow.”Diction has been altered.
11Round two: What’s altered? “I rode across the meadow.”“Rode I across the sea of grass?”How are both syntax and diction being altered here? How do we know?
12Different Diction & Syntax = Different Types of Literature “Rode I across the sea of grass”“I rode across the meadow.”This combination of unusual syntax and diction is a feature that often differentiates poetic diction from that of prose.When authors use such diction and syntax, that’s when a novel is referred to as “poetic.”
13Partner Discussion Share your notes: What new characters did we meet today? What are they like?What did you add to your notes about the characters we met last class?What rising action has occurred in the film so far?Discuss the diction and syntax the characters use in the script:What did you hear in the film that sounds strange or different to you?What words do they say that are different from ones we use today?
14Independent PracticeYou should have been reading your new outside reading book this weekend – keep that reading up!Start (slowly) reading To Kill a Mockingbird.You’ll need to T2T TKaM, so that means…One T2T per pageDon’t be lazy and only mark/highlight.These are going in the grade book.Mention next class is research sharing and SSR since I’m going to be gone.