Monday, October 15, 2018

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 10/12 in your English Journal.
Keep up with your reading. Be prepared to meet your reading goal for Friday. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Reading progress and article of the week

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

Reading Progress Update
Article of the Week

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.

As of this week our country has a new Supreme Court Justice. Have you heard about that? You should know more. 
Read this ARTICLE and write two paragraphs in your English Journal. 
In the first paragraph summarize the article. 
In the second paragraph share your thoughts/opinions. 

Done already? 
Finish you STEAL chart about character from Wednesday? It's in your EJ. 

Keep reading your group novel. 
Progress reports go home next Friday. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

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.)

The grading period ends tomorrow.
Keep reading your group novel, unless you are already 1/2 way done, then read another book.)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Exploring Complex Characters

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

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

English Journal Self Score:
  1. Open your English Journal
  2. Review the English Journal Scoring Guide
  3. Determine how you would score your English Journal. 
  4. PASTE this sentence below into the TOP of your English Journal and be sure it is complete. 
October 10, 2018 Self Score:        
I believe I have earned a ______ <<(Your score 1-5) on my English Journal because_______________________ _______________ <<(Your reasons you think you earned that score.) 

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. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Character Motivation

Goals: Talk to your book group, and listen to some memoir presentations.

Book Group Conversation
English Journal Entry
Memoir Presentations

1. Talk to your book group: 

  • Two questions your group needs to be able to answer today. Discuss these questions and be sure you can explain them. 
  • Write your answer to these questions in your English Journal AFTER you talk about them with your group.

1. What does your main character want more than anything? What obstacles stand in his/her way?
2. Who does your character have relationships with? What are those relationships like? 
Reminder: Tomorrow you will score your English Journal. Is all of your work complete? 

2. Memoir Presentations: (2nd and 6th period)
If you said last week that you wanted to present your memoir now is your chance.
We will be calling you up in a moment.