Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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.

  • Finish your article of the week assignment from 10/14 in your English Journal.
  • Keep up with your reading. Be prepared to meet your reading goal for Friday. 
  • You can still revise your memoir or your visual memoir and request a regrade. 

Monday, October 14, 2019

Reading progress and article of the week

Goals: Reading progress update and your next Article of the Week. 

Read: Reading your group novel is recommended.
Reading Progress Update
Article of the Week

1. Reading Progress Update
Complete THIS FORM about your recent reading.
Be sure to use the last question to let us know about other books you've finished recently.

2. Article of the Week: 
Read this ARTICLE and write two paragraphs in your English Journal. 
In the first paragraph summarize the article. (Use the summary frame below if you need to.)
In the second paragraph share your thoughts/opinions
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Done already? 
Finish you STEAL chart about character from last week? It's in your EJ. 


  • Keep reading your group novel. 
  • Progress reports go home on Friday. 
  • You can still work on your memoir and request a regrade.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Mastering Short Answer Responses

Goal: Learning about expectations for short answer questions and taking a quiz on the first part of your group novel.

Expectations for short answer questions

Expectations for short answer responses:
  • Often teachers will ask you to write short written responses. 
  • Short answers are just as important as long answers and most teachers have high expectations for your answers.
  • We will review these expectations in class.

Keeping in mind what you know about expectations for short answer responses show us your best work on this QUIZ about your group novel. (The quiz has an entry code. I will give it to you in class.)

Today is the last day of the grading period. If you think I made a mistake entering one of your grades talk to me today.

  • The grading period ends today. Your grade is probably going to be what you see now in power school, unless you and I have discussed a change. 
  • Don't panic! This is just a progress report grade. It is NOT your semester grade. 
  • Keep reading your group novel, unless you are already 1/2 way done, then read another book.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

More work on characterization

Goal: Further explorations of direct and indirect characterization supported by selected text evidence.

Reading your group novel is highly recommended.

Memoir Presentations:
A few people would still like to present their memoirs.

Direct and Indirect Characterization:

  • When an author specifically tells you something about a character that is direct characterization. 
  • When an author expects you to infer something about a character that is indirect characterization. 

Back to the STEAL chart you started yesterday:

  • As you add more examples notice if they are direct or indirect characterization. 
  • Use a direct sentence from the book for each part of the chart. 
  • Explain what that sentence tells you about the character.

Quiz Tomorrow, Study Tips: 

  • Read up to the place you should be in your group novel. (That's important.)
  • Finish your STEAL chart. That will help you with at least one question. 
  • Know what your main character WANTS most, their motivation. 
  • Know about the other characters your character has relationships with and what those relationships are like. (See your EJ entry from Tuesday!) 
  • Add any new characters to the character web you started on Tuesday. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Exploring Complex Characters

Goal: Begin looking more closely at the complex characters in novels.

Characters are awesome lesson
Looking closely at one of the characters in your group novel.

Characters are Awesome Lesson: Exploring direct and indirect characterization through textual evidence in group selected novels in a ninth grade English class.

Looking closely at one of the characters in your group novel. 
  • Open your English Journal
  • Make a STEAL chart about one of the main characters in your group novel. (See the last slide in the deck above.)
  • Be sure to use evidence (quotations) from the novel to support your answers.
Keep reading in your group novel. Bring it to class daily. 
Make sure your English Journal is caught up.