Grammar and vocabulary Gambit...Finale will be next week. You will have one class to finish the exposition charts for the characters. These are due on Monday. Second class we will read the second act of "The Crucible".
Comma Rule #4 , we will be completing our charts on the exposition and motivation of characters and finishing to the end of act one.
Grammar Gambit and vocabulary. Reading the first Act of the Crucible, continuing from yesterday (starting at page 17 and reading to page 46). Looking at how a playwright establishes character and conflict. Finish charts on character background information to discuss motivation. For example:
Reverend Parris: He has been having trouble with the villagers. He believes that he has "enemies" that are seeking to destroy him. This paranoia pervades the opening section of the play as he believes that are people trying to "drive [him] from his pulpit". He is in his mid forties and said to have cut a "villainous path". He is a widower and has no interest in children. He has only been in the town for three years. He brought a black slave back with him from Barbados.
Do the same for Thomas Putnam, Ann Putnam, Abigail Williams, John Proctor, Rebecca Nurse, Reverend Hale, and Giles Corey
Grammar Gambit - Commas. New Vocabulary words are on bigiqkids. Without exception we will finish our research presentations today and start reading Act I of The Crucible by Arthur Miller. The opening sets the stage for the action to follow but contains a lengthy discussion of the setting by the playwright. We will dissect this piece and set the stage for what is to come.
Grammar finale - last day of run-on sentences and your vocabulary words. Presentation day today. Each group will present their research to the class
Great Grammar Gambit - Run-on and Fragment sentences combined. Work on Vocabulary (last day as tomorrow is the Finale). We are completing our contextual research for The Crucible. You will be presenting in class tomorrow. Don't forget that you need to properly site all your information!! And you need to make it interesting.
Day two of the grammar gambit on run-on sentences. Take up questions on Walter Mitty and discuss. Look at rules for writing dialogue. Assignment: write a dialogue between two people who are civil to one another but hate each other's guts. This isn't easy! My message to you today about writing is:
When we are done, we will be moving into contextual research for Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" (see assignments). We will switch up the groups as follows: Biography - Mackenzie, Danika and Paige; Witch Trials - Lane, Devlyn and Tiara, Puritans - Dawn and Cheyenne, Wiccans - Ashtyn and Bonnie, Joseph McCarthy - Brittany and Michelle, Modern witch hunts - Sydney and Megan
Research projects are due on Monday.
Grammar Gambit - comma splices/run on sentences - Go over annotation - things good critical readers look for: repetition (motifs), the title, diction (mood/tone, establish character, imagery), Changes (in point of view, character, tone), symbols and other literary devices. Finish the Walter Mitty questions.
We'll start class with our finale for the grammar gambit and a little work with our vocabulary. The we'll discuss the poem "Invictus" that you worked with yesterday and how you went about analyzing the poem. We'll view the view clips below from "Shawshank Redemption" and discuss how all of this relates to Arming the Spirit. We'll discuss the idea that "hope is a dangerous thing" and read the story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and complete the questions. We will discuss how dialogue helps to create character and then do some dialogue writing of our own.
So...no buses running today. Check out the new vocabulary words (added to the old ones) on www.bigiqkids.com (remember that our login is firstname.lastname@example.org and our password is caroline). Read the poem "Invictus" located under readings. Go stanza by stanza and determine the meaning of the poem. In particular, what is " the horror of the shade"? What is the "menace of the years"? See if you can't identify literary devices used. You can find these under the literary terms in your introduction material. View the poem as it is recited by Morgan Freeman in the film "Invictus" (a biography of Nelson Mendella). It is located here