Character Point of View (POV) and the Tell Tale Heart will frame our learning in today's class.
We will be watching the brief video below, as a review of the reading you were to have completed on the weekend. Feel free to download the MP3 version of the story and put it on your phone/iPod (right click and choose save as). You will also need both of the vocab and question sheets.
The Tell Tale Heart also is a good example of Freytag's Pyramid (which will frame our discussion during tomorrow's class). A good start for homework would be for you to try and "plug in" the pieces of the story that fit each phase of the plot line.
I am away at an appointment today, but that does not mean that the work is to grind to a halt. We only have a few hours together, and we need to make sure every last one of them counts for something!
As we discussed yesterday, you are to complete your Venn Diagram (due Wednesday), and complete an APE-structured 3 paragraph response to the following: Compare the characterization, theme and setting of the story "The Examination Day" with the interpretation that was done for the TV Show "The Twilight Zone". This will be handed in (please print a copy).
For homework, please read and answering the questions for the short story "The Lottery" (the questions are at the end of the text).
Today we are going to take a look at the short story, Examination Day, and before a brief class discussion on the theme, setting, and characterization, students will be asked to help formulate responses by answering these questions.
We are also going to compare the characterization, theme and setting of the story with the interpretation that was done for the TV Show "The Twilight Zone".
Today we will work on our first short story, and analyze it as a class.
You will need: a copy of Ray Bradbury's "The Pedestrian", these questions, and a blank plot diagram.
After we read the story and take up the questions, we will watch a video version based on the short story. How close to the original message does this form of the story manage to capture?
Today's grammar boot camp lesson is the one we didn't get to yesterday :)
Gentle reminder that your first Big Question for your Blog is due Friday. Double check the rubric to make sure you meet all the requirements.
Today we are going to start the short story unit by looking at the the elements of a short story. Unfortunately, this will be one of those lessons that is very much teacher-focused, but if we work hard and stay on track we should be able to start the Tandem Story exercise (this is the humourous example we used in class)
Our first unit will be on Short Stories. Over the next three weeks, we will be looking at all the elements that make for an interesting short story, ending of course, with an amazing piece of work that will flow from the creative depths of your brain. Along the way we will learn about the structure, vocabulary, and components that make up a short story.
With all the disruptions yesterday, we are already a bit behind. Wow!! That
didn't take long to happen.
We are going to push forward today, and spend the period looking at basic grammar concepts, and then we are going to go APE! We are also going to start the Grammar Bootcamp process, with the first of many exercises meant to polish up your basic skills. Please complete the following on-line practices: one, two, three, four, and five. The review handouts can be downloaded here.
Today in class we will discuss Good Digital Citizenship, and what it looks like in this learning environment.
For most of you, this will be a unique environment to learn and interact within. For the entire semester you will be learning not only "English", but also the digital media skills that will make you successful in future work environments.
The uniqueness of the classroom also brings a host of new realities to the learning space that we need to discuss. You are already in "cyberspace", but for the most part, the Internet is as scary and unregulated as the Old West in American folk-tales. Your actions in this environment can carry implications far outside the walls of Grey Highlands. That is why we are going to spend today's period looking at some of the issues that surround being a good "digital citizen".
We are going to start our discussion by watching this short movie, produced by students for students.
You will need to download this worksheet that we will be using to frame our discussion.