Description: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. Analyze nuances in the meaning of words with similar denotation (definition) or determine the meaning of analogies.
Maps to Reading Plus skills: 4B


4B: Interpreting Analogies

4B: Interpreting Analogies

Description: Interpreting Analogies

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Selection: I-6


Grade level: 9
Word count: 1546 words
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Synopsis: Have you ever felt that life is just work, work, work? That's just what Thoreau felt too, over 150 years ago.
Excerpt: This world is a place of business. What an infinite bustle! Almost every night I am awakened by the panting of the locomotive. It interrupts my dreams. There is no Sabbath. It would be glorious to see mankind at leisure for once. It is nothing but work, work, work.

Question: Reread this excerpt. What does the image of "the panting of the locomotive" symbolize?
  1. the constant motion of work and business
  2. the increased speed of modern transportation
  3. the ongoing support of technological advances
  4. the steady progression of scientific knowledge

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Writing prompt: Describe how metaphor, simile, hyperbole, or personification is used in a selection and explain how it enhances or distracts from the selection.


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