March Break is almost here (I am sure you can almost smell it...). Before your mind drifts any further, we need to focus during class and get a few things done.
Today we will be: 1) picking our books for GHSS reads 2) reading our last short story (Lamb to the Slaughter) and answer some questions 3) start the process of writing our own unique short story (you'll need this rubric too)
The video is old..but it might help with your understanding of the characterization and setting of the story.
As part of the short story unit, we are also looking at the main components of a newspaper article and how to write an effective example (using the always fun tabloid format). The rubric for this assignment can be found here.
Funny Examples of Newpaper Headlines (probably not intentional, but rather poor editorial choices)
How To Write a Great Newspaper Article
Various Newspaper Templates for MS Word
Review Video of Newspaper Article Terms Discussed in Class:
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.
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'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.
Our last activity with the short story unit is to take one of the short stories from your anthology that we have not read as a class and turn it into a comic book. One of the tools we will be looking at is Bitstrips, but you may generate the comic book in any form you think is appropriate (and up to your artistic abilities). The rubric for this assignment can be found here.
This assignment is to be completed with a partner (try to pick someone who compliments both your learning style and your abilities (ie. they work as hard as you do, but while you have strong language skills they are a better artist).
This wiki has some good ideas to get you started.
I am looking forward to the nominations for best Tandem stories (to be read in class on Friday). I can't wait to see how all of you applied your creative minds to the structure of a short story.
Today, we are going to take a more indepth look at the short story, Moonface, that was assigned for homework and complete the following discussion sheet.