Today I will introduce and explain the group project assignment located in the assignments section of the Symbolism and Allegory page. You will have today and Monday and Tuesday to prepare your presentation for the class. This is five hours of time but is probably not sufficient to finish the entire project. You will most likely have some homework. I hope that you will find it interesting and fun homework...There is no time to waste. There is no time to be idle.
Final Gambit - Vocabulary and homonyms from this week will be tested!! Today's homonyms will be in story form!! We will read the poem "Progressive Insanities of the Pioneer." by Margaret Atwood and discuss how this relates to what we just read in chapter three. I will explain how important it is that we make connections between what we read in one text and what we see/read in another. We will have a quiz on chapter 4 and discuss the idea of masks. We will read an article about hockey masks and poems about the reasons a person wears masks and how they impact us.
Today's homonyms will be in story form!! We will read the poem "Progressive Insanities of the Pioneer." by Margaret Atwood and discuss how this relates to what we just read in chapter three. I will explain how important it is that we make connections between what we read in one text and what we see/read in another. We will have a quiz on chapter 4 and discuss the idea of masks. We will read an article about hockey masks and poems about the reasons a person wears masks and how they impact us.
Class will begin again with a homonym gambit. No time for vocabulary today as we have a reading quiz. I will be demonstrating what is required for a reading quiz. You will all be writing one for a chapter later so it's important to know what you should be looking for.
We will have a discussion about some of the ideas in chapter 2. In particular:
1. What do you think the Beast is? Consider the reactions of all the characters.
2. Consider Jack in this chapter. What characteristics come to light? Do you think these are positive and helpful in their current situation?
3.Consider Piggy. How is he treated by the other boys? What does this fact suggest about human nature?
4.What is ironic about consequences of the boys' decision to light a fire? In light of these
consequences, what do you think it and the “drum-roll” represent?
We will look ahead to chapter 3 - What do we do when people don't pull their weight? How do approach things when some people only want to do certain things and not others? We will read Chapter 3 together....it's a short one.
Today we will take up some new homonyms and practice vocabulary. We will go over the questions we worked on in yesterday's class and go over what makes a complete set of notes. As you will all be required to do a set of notes (that you will be assessed on) for a chapter later in the text, it is very important we all are aware of how much depth is required to do a critical analysis of a text. After we will read the first part of chapter 2 together and discuss some of the important insights. You are required to finish reading chapter 2 for homework.
Welcome back!! I hope everyone had a restful break! I know that it went by so fast for me. I finished two books over the break...Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince (read it with my daughter...just one left!) and The Book of Negroes. They were both really good books (entirely different but good...). I am just starting The Book Thief.
I hope that everyone had a chance to do their own reading over the break...maybe you are coming to the end of Lord of the Flies??? We begin class today with a review of the homonyms that we were working on before the break. Our goal is to be done our spelling by the end of the week. We also have a new vocabulary list under the title of "symbolism-allegory" on BigIqKids.com. We will take the first 20 minutes of class to work on these. We will then discuss the idea of what being a critical reader is and how we decide what is important as we read. Everyone will then work on creating a set of notes for chapter one...These are outlined in document "chapter one notes" that can be found in the Symbolism and Allegory section of the site. If you have not read chapter one, you can read it during class and do the notes for homework. I'm so sorry but this will mean at least an hour of homework for you if don't get the reading done before the end of the class.