Monday, September 29, 2014

"A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings"

Today we focused on identifying sensory details and their effect on the reader in the short story "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings." Want to know what happens to the old man with enormous wings that washed up on Pelayo's courtyard? Read the whole story here.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Today's article of the week

If you missed class today, we completed this article of the week. Remember, in order to complete your AoW, you must first annotate the text. Then, write a one paragraph academic summary (use the frame on page 2 in your notebook for support). Finally, write a 1-2 paragraph reflection responding to the text.

Preparing for your first book review

You will compose your first book review in class on Friday October 3. This review can either be about your class novel or the other independent reading book you read this grading period. This will be a "timed write," meaning that you will write the review during our class period. You must have the book with you the day of the review. To prepare for the review, please visit the links provided below. You may print and/or take notes on provided the models and templates to assist you in your writing in class.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Collaborative Mood Charts

Absent today (Thursday 9/25)? Then you'll need to make up the collaborative group chart you missed! For this activity, you'll be focusing on quotes about setting that create the MOOD.
Fahrenheit 451
Of Mice and Men
Lord of the Flies
Saint Iggy

Monday, September 22, 2014

How setting reveals a character

Tonight, as you read your group novel, you should be marking passages that describe a setting that reveals something about a character (just like with our "Larry" example in class). You'll need these examples for your task in class tomorrow.

Also, if you didn't get at least three examples added to your chart in class today (on the left side of page 5), then please finish that up, as well.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Want to know how the story ends?

If you were intrigued by the excerpt of "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates, read the short story in its entirety here.

In class, we identified examples of how Oates uses characterization to bring the character of Connie to life. Tonight, as you read your group novel at home, you should be marking examples of characterization in your own book. Little sticky notes work best, but any old bookmark or paper scrap will do!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Group novels

Today we are checking out our group novels. If you are absent today, it's your responsibility to get your novel from the library ASAP. Make sure you are reading each night according to the calendar that you and your group members created. You'll need to bring your novel to class with you each day, as well. Lastly, please bring your sticky notes to class...we'll be using them daily for a few weeks.