There is so much ugliness in the world. Enough to last us all for a good long while. As I was adjusting my classes this week, I thought, why not beauty?
My AP students have been fixated on the weird and wonderful language in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five. And frankly, I’m not over it, have never been over it, will never be over it. Each year, I teach this novel and find some new, exciting sentence I get all shivery and weird over. Each year, my students and I tag the quotable, the tattoo-able, and the indelible.
After some student requests for mini lessons that “focus on beautiful language,” I decided that there was no better moment than the present.
So, here’s what we did…
First, I asked students: What makes a sentence beautiful?
I gave them a few minutes of notebook time to write down their thoughts. After…
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