Thursday, April 2, 2009

Thursday, 4/2/2009


"To Build a Fire" by Jack London
We took a few minutes at the first of the block to talk about several things:
  • What questions do you have about the story, or what are you still wondering about?
  • At what points in the story did things go wrong for the protagonist?  How did this create suspense?
  • What elements did you see in this story that you think might make it part of the naturalist genre?

We discussed people's ideas on these three topics as a class.

"A Rose for Emily"
  • I assigned the in-class journal for this story.  People could choose from three options.  If you're here for class tomorrow, you'll type this journal in class (one page, typed, doublespaced, with examples to support your points).  If you'll be gone tomorrow for Physics Olympics, you need to complete this assignment at home.  It is due when you come in on Monday.
Critical Approaches with "Shooting an Elephant"
  • Andrew took the historical approach, and Tina took the biographical approach, and they each gave their ideas about what the story would look like through that lens.
  • People who had rough drafts traded with a partner for some peer advice.
  • Villanelles are due MONDAY when you come in.  Please be able to save the villanelle on the student volume, so I can post it on the big screen while I read it aloud.
The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros
  • Everyone got a book and a study guide.  I read aloud the chapter entitled "Boys and Girls", and we discussed it.  
  • We agreed that for Monday, everyone would read through page 32, as well as completing the study guide (in your RJ) for the chapters up through "Alicia Who Sees Mice".
  • Asbury read an article about the Iowa congressman who used a racial slur.  We asked him to get some more information, and report back on Monday.

  • The House on Mango Street (as discussed above)
  • Villanelle
  • We read!  :-)
  • We also updated our Reading Records.
  • We read and selected a lot.
  • Paul showed us his back cover idea, and we liked it.

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