Friday, October 20, 2017

What is the meaning of this?

Goal: Understanding how events in a
book can help us make predictions


  • Read for 10 minutes
  • Using summaries to make predictions
  • Finding the meaning in your novel
  • Quiz

Using summaries to make predictions:
  • An action or event usually means that something else is important is going to happen later on
  • The word so can tell us the meaning of events moving forward. 
  • Harry receives his letter from Hogwarts, so that means his life is going be different as a wizard.
1. Complete this Google Form to practice making predictions

Finding the meaning in your novel:
1. Go to
2. Click on Shared With Me on the left side of your screen
3. Open the document called Novel Reading Chart
4. In the left column, write today's date
5. In the middle column, write a brief summary of what you read today
6. In the right column, answer the question: explain what the summary means moving forward

Quiz Today:

1Pul of GravityPull of GravityPull of GravityFarenheit 451Every last Word
2Saint IggySaint IggySaint IggyPull of GravityEvery Last WordFarenheit 451
3Saint IggyPull of GravitySaint IggyFarenheit 451Vivian AppleFarenheit 451
5Saint IggyPull of GravitySaint IggySaint IggyEvery Last WordEvery Last Word

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Making a quiz based on your group novel

No scantrons. I promise. 
Goal: Creating an online assessment about the book you are reading.

Reading Progress Update
Question Formulation Checklist
How forms work
Quiz making

Reading Progress Update:
Click HERE and update us about your reading progress. Focus on what you read today.

Question Formulation Checklist: 
____ The question can be answered by reading the first 40% of the book.
____ The question seems like something a teacher would ask.
____ There is a question about the main character.
____ There is a question about a setting.
____ There is a WHY question.
____ There is a HOW question.
____ There are 3-4 multiple choice questions. They have 4-5 answer choices.
____ There are 2-3 short answer questions. They require text evidence for their answers. They can not be answered with just a few words.

Making a Quiz: 
With your team you will create a quiz that other students will take about the book your group has been reading.

Quiz Expectations:
  • Make your quiz in a Google Form. Name it Period, Color, Title, for example "6 Blue Lord of the Flies"
  • Click the three vertical dots in the upper right corner and then "add collaborators" to add your teacher and your group members to the form. 
Quiz Tips: 
  • Ask questions about the first 40% of the book.
  • Include both multiple choice and short answer questions.
  • First question should be NAME.
  • Second question should be PERIOD. 
  • For multiple choice questions you can have 4-6 answer choices. 
  • Use the paragraph question type for short answer questions. 
  • Click settings (gear icon) and then "quizzes" to turn your form into a quiz. Go back through your questions and choose "answer key" to mark the correct selection for each question. 
  • You won't have 'correct' answers for short answer responses. 
Keep reading. (I hear you're going to have a quiz to take soon.) 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Setting, Character, Tests, Mood

Goal: Looking closely at how setting tells us about character in our novels.

Creating a setting
Anticipating test questions

Create a Setting:

  1. OPEN your English Journal.
  2. CHOOSE a character from your group book that doesn't have his or her own setting, or who's setting is not well described.
  3. DISCUSS that character and his/her setting with your group.
  4. WRITE a descriptive paragraph about the setting for that character. (In English Journal)
  5. EXPLAIN (in a second paragraph) what you are trying to show about the character with the setting you created.

Test Preparation:

  • You have another quiz about your book this Friday. 
  • You should be about 40% done with your book by then. 
  • One way to prepare for a test is to anticipate what questions you might see on the test. 
  • Get out a piece of paper. (Just one for your group.)
  • Label it period, color, novel title, ex 4 Red Lord of the Flies. 
  • Write 5-10 questions you think we might ask you about your book. 
  • Include multiple choice questions and short answer questions. 
  • Remember, think like a teacher, what would we ask you. 
  • Consider that this week we worked on character, setting, and mood. 

Be sure your English Journal is caught up.
Keep up with the reading in your group novel.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Goals: Understanding how setting contributes to mood.

  • The term MOOD in literature refers to how the setting of the story makes the reader feel.
  • It is the emotional feeling of the place where the events are taking place. 
  • Sometimes the mood of the place matches the characters mood and sometimes it is in contrast to it.
  • Word choice and the details an author includes help to create the mood of a setting.
She had not quite finished dressing, for she had but one shoe on,--the other was on the table near her hand,--her veil was but half arranged, her watch and chain were not put on, and some lace for her bosom lay with those trinkets, and with her handkerchief, and gloves, and some flowers, and a Prayer-Book all confusedly heaped about the looking-glass.

Setting and Mood
Review Great Expectations
Setting and Mood in Your Novels

Setting and Mood:
Let's Look at Great Expectations Again:
#1. Watch Great Expectations clip
#2. Check out these passages

We went into the house by a side door, the great front entrance had two chains across it outside,--and the first thing I noticed was, that the passages were all dark, and that she had left a candle burning there. She took it up, and we went through more passages and up a staircase, and still it was all dark, and only the candle lighted us.

She had not quite finished dressing, for she had but one shoe on,--the other was on the table near her hand,--her veil was but half arranged, her watch and chain were not put on, and some lace for her bosom lay with those trinkets, and with her handkerchief, and gloves, and some flowers, and a Prayer-Book all confusedly heaped about the looking-glass.

Setting and Mood in Your Novels: 
#1. Find a description of setting that creates a specific mood in your novel. 
#2. Create a table (2 wide by 4 down) in your English Journal
#3. In the left column, describe the setting using text evidence.
#4. In the right column, explain what mood the setting creates and why.

Keep reading

Monday, October 16, 2017

What can setting tell us about character?

Art by: Cate Simmons
Goal: Understanding how setting helps us understand characters.

Writing about setting
Reading a setting
Reading specifically for setting

#1: Open your English Journal
Start a new entry at the top.
Describe a place you like to be. What does this place say about you as a person? 
#2: Look closely at a setting
CLICK THIS LINK: to view a description of a setting from Great Expectations. We will look closely at what this setting tells us about the characters.

#3: Talk to your group

  1. Talk to your group about what's happening in your novel.
  2. What is confusing you about the events or characters in your novel? 
  3. How has setting played a role so far?
  4. What do the settings tell you about the characters? 
  5. MARK the places in your book where the setting informs you about the characters.
Keep up with your reading. Be prepared to meet your reading goal for Friday.