This week's focus:
- Poetry/ Central idea and Theme
- Poetry often reflects on the personal experiences of the writer. Analyzing a poet's style deepens the readers' understanding of those experiences. This lesson focuses on how poets use stylistic techniques to express a central idea.
- Students will have the opportunity to analyze in depth a character with complex motivations as well as a moral dilemma set in an often-overlooked episode in our country's history. The story "Train Time" features a sophisticated structure which includes the use of flashback, and the lesson guides students to understand and analyze this literary technique.
Monday- December 19, 2016
-Determine Meaning and Style (Collections, p. 324)
- Read "A Poem for My Librarian, Mrs. Long" (Collections, p. 321-323)
PERFORMANCE TASK (To be completed in student's journal)
Writing Activity: Poem
Mrs. Long acted generously to a child, and that child never forgot it. Think back to an experience or a connection with someone who acted generously to you. Free-write about your memory— noting phrases, sentences, quotations,
and anything else that comes to mind. Use your written ideas to write a poem in free verse form. Look back at the poem you’ve just read for ideas about how to:
- convey the sights, sounds, and
smells you remember
• portray the person you remember
- tell about your feelings then and now
Tuesday- December 20, 2016
Language Conventions: Combining Sentences (Collections, p. 326)
- Analyzing the Text- Collections, p. 325: Students are required to complete this assignment on a separate piece of paper and bring home for review. Students will be allowed to use their practice work on their quiz in January.
Wednesday- December 21, 2016
- Continue working on Analyzing the Text (Collections, p. 325)
- Work on argumentative writing project
Thursday- December 22, 2016
Read "Train Time" (Collections, pgs. 327-332)
Students are to write the words and definitions in their journal as they read “Train Time” (Collections, p. 327-332)
PERFORMANCE TASK (page 354)
In student’s Journal
Writing Activity: Character Analysis
In“Train Time,” the Major does not think he is doing anything wrong—or does he? Write two or three paragraphs to describe the character of the Major.
• Answer these questions to help organize your ideas:
- What does the Major value? What actions does he take? How does the Major seem to feel about Reservation Indians?
• Include quotations from the story to support your ideas about the Major.
- Discuss the different ways the author reveals the Major’s character traits.
Friday- December 23, 2016
Analyzing the Text for "Train Time" (Collections, p. 334)
Guided by a Cause project:
Students could work on the organizational planning packet they received in preparation for the subsequent steps of their project. However, specific information regarding the documentary video or newspaper article will be provided upon their return from winter break. There will only be one week left to this quarter in January and the project will be a third-quarter project which will begin upon our return from winter break.
I hope everyone has a peaceful holiday season and a blessed New Year!