Monthly Archives: August 2012

Thursday, August 30th, for CP!

TODAY:

Today is the vocabulary quiz. Go to the link below and log in.  You will be given the secret word at the beginning of the quiz.

VOCABULARY UNIT TWO QUIZ

Class will resume on September 3rd. Enjoy the break!

 

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Thursday, August 29, for CP!

TODAY:

Take out material from the previous day. We had a class discussion of chapter 4.

Read and Annotate Chapter 5.

Pay close attention to Rev. Msimangu’s words: “The tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that they are not mended again. . . the house that is broken, and that man that falls apart when the house is broken, these are the tragic things.” Write a response to that statement. How do Msimangu’s statements relate to what Stephen Kumalo feels about his family and the tribe? Do these statements confirm Kumalo’s fears? How do they relate to the themes we have discussed?

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Monday-Tuesday, August 27th-28th, for CP!

TODAY:

Read Chapter 4 aloud within Literature Circles. Within circles, each student is responsible for completing the task that their role requires. Each circle will turn in all textual evidence and notes at the end of class.

§ Students need to annotate Chapter 4 in their notes. Students will consider what they learn about Stephen Kumalo during this train ride. Is it direct or indirect characterization?

§ Students will routinely list and define any new or unfamiliar words in the vocabulary section of their notebooks. (CREATE A VOCABULARY SECTION IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE SO)

§ Students will draw the plot diagram from ReadWriteThink (http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson800/IdentifyPlot.pdf ) in their notes. As the story unfolds, they should add to or completed the diagram as needed.

§ Exit Ticket: Each Lit Circle must turn in their findings from the chapter.

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Friday, August 24th, for CP!

TODAY:

Students spent the day working on the VOCABULARY UNIT 2 OPEN BOOK assignment.  Remember, we are off next Friday, so the quiz will be on Thursday, August 31st.

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Wednesday and Thursday, August 22-23rd, for CP!

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How does character development help to accelerate the plot in a text?

TASK: Identify main characters in text, begin an ongoing analysis of character development, trace plot development

Students research the following:  plot structure, characterization, and the types of characters (protagonist, antagonist, dynamic, round, flat, static, etc.)

§ Students named a favorite or well-known character(s) from a novel, television show, or film. They identified these characters as protagonist, antagonist, static, flat, round, or dynamic. Discuss the qualities that a great character possesses.

§ Required students to begin a Character Analysis Chart for the novel that will track the main characters’ traits, motivations, obstacles, and progression throughout the novel.

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Monday-Tuesday, August 20-21st, for CP!

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: Why is it important to establish text context and background of a novel?

TASK: Establish text context, introduce new vocabulary and language

GIVE STUDENTS HANDOUT ON TEXT ANNOTATION

Discuss common themes and motifs within the novel to build anticipation and aid comprehension

§ Read short chapters 1-3 aloud as a class stopping periodically to allow time for questions, notes, or annotations

§ Direct students to pay attention to the imagery used to describe the land in Chapter 1. Identify the sensory language and annotate in your notes

Each Lit Circle must determine rules and standard practices for their group. Go to link from previous class to find available jobs. 

Each Lit Circle was assigned one of the following research topics about South Africa: the ethnic make-up of the population (African, Colored, Indian, and White), the tribal culture, the educational system, or the languages. Find images and 5 basic facts related to the assigned topic. Students should be prepared to present their findings in class.

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Monday, August 13th-14th, for CP!

TODAY:

Get with your clock buddy.  Look up and define theme, motif, imagery and symbol. Create a chart to track all of these.  Example below  With your partner, come up with at least 5 of each from literature you’ve read and studied in the past. 

Research as much information as you can on Apartheid.  Be sure to research Nelson Mandella.

Share with the class during discussion.

 

THEME MOTIF SYMBOLISM IMAGERY
       
       
       
       
       

1 Discuss: Ask the students to work in small groups and discuss their responses to the following questions:

(a) One of the themes of Cry, the Beloved Country is how economic and social problems can affect families.What are the possible negative results of these problems? Which ones do you think the book will focus on?

(b) One of the main problems faced by the main character’s community is drought. What other environmental problems affect farming communities today?

What improvements have been made to help deal with these problems over the last fifty years? What else can be done to help?

 

2 Guess: Ask students to look at the picture on the cover of the book. How does it make you feel? What do you think is being said? Does the title of the story give you any more ideas about what might happen in the book?

 

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