Thursday, April 10, 2014

3rd Quarter Collected Homework List

10R Collected/Checked Homework/Class Work for the 1st Five Weeks
1.      Research Frame: Inquiry Questions
2.      LOTF Chpts. 6 & 7 Notesheet
3.      Research Paper: 4 Bibliography Entries
4.      Research Paper: 7 Total Bibliography Entries
5.      LOTF Chpts. 8 & 9 Notesheet
6.      Research Paper:  2 Notecards
7.      Research Paper:  4 Notecards Total
8.      Research Paper:  6 Notecards Total
9.      LOTF Allusion Sheet
10.  LOTF Chpt. 10 Notesheet

10R Collected/Checked Homework/Class Work for the 2nd Five Weeks
1.      LOTF Chpt. 9 SOAPStone (Close reading of passage)
2.      LOTF Chpts. 11 & 12 Notesheet
3.      LOTF Allegory Worksheet
4.      LOTF Characterization Chart (counted 2 times)
5.      LOTF Pre-Writing Packet (counted 3 times)
6.      Child Solder NYT article 5Ws
7.      Long Way Gone Written Response #1
8.      Long Way Gone Written Response #2
9.      Long Way Gone Written Response #3

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

Due Fri (4/11) - A Long Way Gone Chpts. 8-14

***Three written responses of your choice are due at this time. In addition, there will be an open notes reading comprehension quiz.

***Do not save the reading and writing for the last minute, you will have grammar exercised to do this week as well.

Reading and Understanding the Book: As you read the book, you will demonstrate comprehension, analysis, and connection through a series of written responses. For each reading due date, 3 of the 5 written response options are due. Written response requirements:

·         Labeled: Name, Title, Author, and Written Response #_____
·         Typed: Single spaced, 12 pt. font, and Times New Roman or Arial
·         At least 200 words (You can check word count under the “Review” tab.)
·         All quoted text must include page #.

Chapters 8-14 Written Responses Due: 

Written Response 6: Find an example of a simile on p. 49. What is it describing? How does this description enhance the reader’s understanding of this scenario? How is it an appropriate comparison?

Written Response 7: The author uses foreshadowing on pg. 81 in the lines, "After Kanei stopped humming, the world became eerily silent. The breeze and the clouds had stopped moving, the trees were still, as if they all awaited something unimaginable." What happens to the boy Saidu? What happened to his sisters at the outbreak of the war? Predict what will happen to the group of boys next.

Written Response 8: Describe your personal thoughts and reactions as you read Chapter 11. How were you feeling as you read the first few pages of the chapter? How were you feeling as you read the last few pages?

Written Response 9: The line “Cowards die many times before their death” from p. 104 is an allusion to Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Explain the significance of this quote at this point in the story.

Written Response 10: Based on what you have read up to page 124, do you believe the government army that Ishmael fought for was really any different from the rebel army? On p. 124, Ishmael states, “The prisoner was simply another rebel who was responsible for the death of my family, as I had come to truly believe.”  Moments later he slits the prisoner’s throat. What is ironic about his words and this situation?



Thursday, April 3, 2014

Fri (4/4) - A Long Way Gone chpts. 1-7

***There will be an open notes reading comprehension quiz 
and the Written Responses are due as well.

Taking Notes on Literature

Directions: Include the following items in your notes each time you are given a reading assignment.

ü  Date of the Reading Assignment

ü  Title of Text & Chapter Number(s)

ü  Character Lists/Webs
Include all new characters and their physical/emotional/social traits. Track the important characters as they are further developed. You may want to keep a separate list for each character so you can keep adding to it as you read. If so, be sure to include the numbers of the pages where you found the information.

ü  Plot
List, specifically, what happens during the section of the text you are reading.

ü  Conflict(s)
      Identify two forces that are in conflict. Consider the possible causes of the conflict as well as the   possible ramifications.

ü  Theme(s):
      Identify emerging themes and track them as they are developed

ü  Stylistic Devices:
Identify the stylistic devices that are used to create meaning and/or develop a deeper meaning in the text. Consider symbolism, dramatic irony, figurative language (similes, metaphors, personification, etc.) as well as other techniques (irony, alliteration, repetition, imagery, foreshadowing, interesting syntax, diction, etc.)

ü  Unfamiliar Vocabulary:
When you cannot deduce meaning form the context, look up the definition.

ü  Questions
Write down any questions you have about what you read and/or questions that arose while you were reading.

ü  Predictions:
Make predictions about what you think will happen next.

ü  Significant Passages and/or Quotes:
Identify significant passages and/or quotes.

Note Taking Tips:

Except when you are copying quotes directly from the text, abbreviate wherever possible, use bulleted lists, avoid writing full sentences, and take other measures to ensure efficiency with both time and information. While notes should be “brief,” they should also be organized and provide you with enough information from which to study once you no longer have the book in your possession.