Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Daily Agenda: Wednesday, September 20

Is it possible for Kino and his family to rise up and out of the systematic oppression of La Paz?
Character and theme analysis: Chapter 4 of The Pearl
Studying the character directory - take notes for different characters
Study for the quiz: talk though some of the potential quiz questions, read notes and/or do reader theater. The potential quiz questions are here:
  1. Minor characters play a critical role in Chapter Four, an ensemble performance.  Choose one minor character.  What’s one word that you would use to describe the role that character plays? Prove this is indeed a good word to characterize that person.
  1. Is it possible to get a fair price from the pearl dealers in town?  Please explain.
  1. Sticking to one’s lot in life is a major emphasis in the town.  Explain how this injustice has been perpetuated with details from the chapter.
  1. What do the pearl dealers conclude about the pearl Kino has found?  Why have they come to this conclusion?
  1. Where does Kino pay for his ignorance -- his lack of understanding and education -- in this chapter?
  1. One rises out of poverty through knowledge and justice, not riches.  Support this claim with a detailed example from chapter four.
  1. If you were Kino at the end of chapter four, what would you do with the pearl: sell it to the town dealers and take the money, throw it back in the sea, or go to the capitol to sell it for big bucks? Please use a detailed example from the chapter to support your opinion.
  1. Irony is a problem or inconsistency with what one expects to happen and what does happen.  What is one example of irony in this chapter?
  1. Juana is a strong character.  Using a detailed example from Chapter Four, prove this is true.
  1. Is Kino doomed to tragedy? Support your claim with a detailed example from the chapter.
Write in complete sentences and complete detail for the quiz.

HW Eng: Read your choice book for 30 minutes and bring it to class tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Daily Agenda: Tuesday, September 19

Character Analysis of The Great Ensemble Scene - Chapter Four of The Pearl.
  1. This chapter is the great ensemble of the book, like a Hollywood production or a Broadway musical -- everyone in La Paz comes out to watch the great performance of Kino’s journey to sell the pearl. The genre here is social justice.
  2. How many characters from Chapter 4 can you list, and what roles, locations, and descriptions do these characters represent, inhabit, and carry?  Example: The old man on his stalwart nephew’s shoulders represents aspiration; he is located at the threshold of rich and poor, and he physically rises up on his family member’s shoulders to catch a glimpse of a key to justice: the pearl.
  3. Pick characters for the Character Directory, and re-read closely for the character assigned, taking notes on your character only.

HW Eng: Re-read chapter 4 with an eye for character - each one on the Character Directory- and put a check mark next to each character as you find them.  There will be a reading quiz on Chapter 4 at the end of class tomorrow, and reading/re-reading tonight is the best way to prepare for the Chapter 4-related questions I will ask you to write about in complete sentences and with complete detail.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Daily Agenda: Monday, September 18

-Analyze literature by creating questions you want to discuss.
Character, setting, images, message, plot/action, vocab/sentence structure, other
-Interview one classmate on the choice book he or she is reading.
-Write a brief mini-essay with a mini-lesson on introductions and conclusions.


HW Eng:
1) Make sure to upload your book review to google classroom by 2:20 today and

2) Read chapter 4 of The Pearl in a first draft way, looking for the scenes within the chapter and the details that matter in those scenes. You should not write an essay or "mini-essay" on chapter 4 of The Pearl tonight; your assignment is simply to read Chapter 4.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Daily Agenda: Friday, September 15

Visit the Harvard Public Library today.
Do you want to abandon the book you read last night, or did you love it?
Consider checking out a book or three at the Harvard Public Library today.

HW Eng: Upload book review to google classroom by Monday and read the choice book for at least one hour this weekend. Please bring your choice book to class on Monday.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Daily Agenda: Thursday, September 14

Announcement: Upload revised book review to google classroom by Monday, September 18.


Genre Day
  1. Discuss characteristics of 8 genres and share titled to get excited for tomorrow’s Harvard Public Library visit.
  2. Time to preview and read books from our independent reading collection + check out for 30 mins of reading at home tonight, OR...
  3. Time to find passages in summer reading, revise, and conference with Ms. Hodgens; tonight, work on revisions for 30 minutes.


HW Eng:
1) Upload revised book review to google classroom by Monday, September 18.

2) Tonight, read the book you checked out in class today for 30 minutes OR work on book review revisions for 30 minutes.  All students: bring the book you checked out to class tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Daily Agenda: Wednesday, September 13

  1. Reader theater - Kino stabs the intruder.
  2. Literary discussions w/ chapter 3 text frames.
  3. Writing at the bottom of chapter 3 text frames: What is the deepest interpretation you have of the meaning of The Pearl?
  4. Join google classroom and upload your chapter 3 text frames.
  5. Long block: Time to conference+work on book review revisions.  Find a close reading passage.

HW Eng: Revise the book review with closer and more extensive reading details from key scenes; finish the chapter 3 text frames and upload them to google classroom if you didn't do so in class today.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Daily Agenda: Tuesday, September 12

  1. Right to work - start closely reading and writing about Chapter 3.
  2. Check in on your progress with 1-on-1 check-in.
  3. Finish Chapter 3 text frames by the end of class.


HW Eng:
1) Read the sample book review on "Me and Miranda Mullaly" which I will send out via email.  This review uses close reading to write really well.
2) Revise your book review using the close reading approach you've learned.  The book review assignment is here. What close reading details can you add?
3) Finish Chapter 3 text frames if necessary.