Friday, December 1, 2017

Exploring Nonfiction Reader Response

Reader Response
e questions
1- Write a summary of what you read in your book recently. 

2- Copy a short passage that you found to be interesting. Explain what made it interesting for you. 

3- Explain some of the things that you have learned so far that you are not likely to forget in the near future.

Happy Writing:)

Conflict in 'Of Mice and Men'

Conflict is the struggle between opposing forces in a story. Four common types of conflict are:
  • Man vs. Man
  • Man vs. Self
  • Man vs. Nature
  • Man vs. Society
In Of Mice and Men, conflict surrounds the plot and is a major part of the action. Several conflicts emerge at the same time, and ultimately cause the plot to materialize into an interesting and suspenseful story.

Brainstorm the different types of conflicts via your Google doc, creating a chart that addresses the conflict, types of conflict, and the effect that the conflict has had on the plot so far. 

From your brainstorming session, choose at least two conflicts to explore more in depth in this blog. Be sure to include textual evidence and support and also identify the effect that the conflict has had on the plot so far. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Dreams of OMAM

Using "To A Mouse" by Robert Burns as inspiration, write a short poem expressing what happens when you have a dream and it doesn't come true.


Based on your brainstorming via Edmodo, write a short poem elaborating on your dream and/or why dreams or visions are an important part of life.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Of Mice and Men

Describe the atmosphere of the ranch and bunkhouse. Be sure to include characteristics of different characters that were formally or informally introduced to us in this chapter. Support your choice with textual evidence and interpretation.

Why doesn't Curley's wife have a name?   What message, if anything, is John Steinbeck  trying to send by not giving her a first name?  
Support your choice with textual evidence and interpretation.

What are your overall impressions of Of Mice and Men thus far? Support your choice with a proper explanation.

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

For this blog, you are to judge whether the original short story or the film better represents "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by comparing and contrasting the two. Use the graphic organizer to help develop your ideas and to help support your argument while writing. When organizing your blog, you may want to designate a particular story element used in both works for each of your body paragraphs (example: one paragraph for plot, one paragraph for characters, etc).

Be sure to use quotes and/or examples from both works in each body paragraph to illustrate your claims. Your concluding paragraph is where you will make your final judgement about which work tells a better story about Walter Mitty.

Your blog should be 5 paragraphs in length, with at least six well integrated quotes or examples (at least three from each work). Steer clear from first person narration; offer your opinion with the words and idea you select.

Monday, October 23, 2017

1st Quarter Reflections

We have reached the end of 1st Quarter...can you believe it?! Now take a moment to reflect on what you have learned so far. Some questions to consider:

What are your personal struggles in ELA? Successes in ELA?
Where are you in your personal Book Challenge? 
How have your blogs been progressing since August? 
What strategies have benefited you? 
What have you learned about the world? 
How has your writing progressed?
What are your goals for ELA for the next three quarters? 

Make sure to include a topic sentence and supporting details that fully support your main idea. This blog must be at least 3 paragraphs. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Film vs. Novel

Objective: To analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script 

This blog contains three different parts, which will in turn lead to at least three different paragraphs. Make sure to follow the TIQA format throughout your blog.
  • Part 1: Select an event from the book and compare it to a scene from the film. How are they different and why?

    Part 2: Evaluate choices made by directors or actors. Below are three options to choose from or you can pick your own.

    1.  In the film, the director shows us “the community” differently from how we find out in the book. What’s different? Why do you think he chose to do it that way? How does it change the story?
    2. What do you think of the director’s choice of Brenton Thwaites to play Jonas? Does he look the way you imagined him in the book? Whom would you have chosen?
    3. The way the ending of The Giver is portrayed in the film vs. the novel.

    Part 3: What impacted your understanding of the The Giver the most - the novel or the film?