Language Analysis: Ten Minutes’ musing by Alice Dunbar Nelson

This lesson, we will focus on a small section of the short story we have been reading, Ten Minutes’ Musing by Alice Dunbar Nelson, and think about how the writer uses language to communicate particular ideas and effects. You will need a pen and paper.

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.When you analyse structure you should explore...

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Q2.Is this statement true or false? "When you look at the structure of a text you just need to summarise what happens."

2/5

Q3.Which of the statements are true?
The story is set in a school playground.
The story is narrated by the principal.
The writer uses a first-person narrator.
The narrator describes the boys playing football.
The writer uses a combination of internal thoughts and external actions.

3/5

Q4.Sort the events in the story into the correct order.
the narrator describes the “seething mob” in detail, showing the stronger boys trampling on the weak.
the writer introduces a teacher rushing outside to stop a “mob” of boys.
the school bell rings and the story shifts back to the narrator’s reality.
there is a shift in focus from external action to internal thought as the narrator starts "musing"

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Q5.Sort the following methods into language devices and structural devices.
change of focus
metaphors
word choice
sequence of events
powerful verbs
setting
simile

5/5

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.When you analyse structure you should explore...

1/5

Q2.Is this statement true or false? "When you look at the structure of a text you just need to summarise what happens."

2/5

Q3.Which of the statements are true?
The story is set in a school playground.
The story is narrated by the principal.
The writer uses a first-person narrator.
The narrator describes the boys playing football.
The writer uses a combination of internal thoughts and external actions.

3/5

Q4.Sort the events in the story into the correct order.
the narrator describes the “seething mob” in detail, showing the stronger boys trampling on the weak.
the writer introduces a teacher rushing outside to stop a “mob” of boys.
the school bell rings and the story shifts back to the narrator’s reality.
there is a shift in focus from external action to internal thought as the narrator starts "musing"

4/5

Q5.Sort the following methods into language devices and structural devices.
change of focus
metaphors
word choice
sequence of events
powerful verbs
setting
simile

5/5

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Language Analysis: Quiz

Complete the questions from below to check your learning from today.

Q1.Which words below could be used to describe the mob of boys?
calm
savage
chaotic
bored
excitable
uncontrollable

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Q2.Which subject terminology might you use when analysing this quotation: "Nearly every boy in the school was in that seething, swarming mass,"

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Q3.Select the correct definition of a polysyndetic list.

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Q4.Which subject terminology might you use when analysing this quotation: “It was a mob that screamed and howled, and kicked, and yelled, and shouted, and perspired, and squirmed…”

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Q5.True or false?
The boys are calm and skilful with the ball
They boys seem out of control but purposeful.
Some boys are standing on the sides, screaming and laughing.

5/5

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Language Analysis: Quiz

Complete the questions from below to check your learning from today.

Q1.Which words below could be used to describe the mob of boys?
calm
savage
chaotic
bored
excitable
uncontrollable

1/5

Q2.Which subject terminology might you use when analysing this quotation: "Nearly every boy in the school was in that seething, swarming mass,"

2/5

Q3.Select the correct definition of a polysyndetic list.

3/5

Q4.Which subject terminology might you use when analysing this quotation: “It was a mob that screamed and howled, and kicked, and yelled, and shouted, and perspired, and squirmed…”

4/5

Q5.True or false?
The boys are calm and skilful with the ball
They boys seem out of control but purposeful.
Some boys are standing on the sides, screaming and laughing.

5/5

Lesson summary: Language Analysis: Ten Minutes’ musing by Alice Dunbar Nelson

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