Description: Craft and Structure Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings and analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful (include Shakespeare, works by American Indian authors, as well as other authors)
Maps to Reading Plus skills: 4B


4B: Interpreting Analogies

4B: Interpreting Analogies

Description: Interpreting Analogies

✓ standard met

Selection: K-31


Grade level: 11
Word count: 2673 words
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Synopsis: Life is altered forever when Pandora opens a mysterious box.
Excerpt: It was made of a beautiful kind of wood, with dark, rich veins spreading intricately over its surface, which was so highly polished that little Pandora could see her face reflected in it. As the child had no other mirror, it is odd that she did not value the box merely on this account.

Question: The author compares the wood on the box to
  1. a gleaming mirror.
  2. a walking staff.
  3. a broken mirror.
  4. an intricate knot.

✓ standard met

Writing prompt: One well-known analogy states, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get." Create a new analogy for this statement ("Life is likeā€¦) based on a selection that you have read and explain what you mean. Use details from the selection to illustrate and support your writing.


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