- We read for about seventy minutes.
- We whipped around the room, and each person shared the title of a fable he/she knew, and summarized it very briefly.
- We listened to four of Aesop's fables and jotted down what the moral of each was. To review them, visit the following website: http://us.penguingroup.com/static/packages/us/yreaders/aesop/index.html.
- I put up two of James Thurber's fables--"The Scotty Who Knew Too Much", and "The Little Girl and the Wolf". Go to this website to read more: http://4brightminds.info/thurber_fables.htm
George Orwell's Animal Farm
- I handed out the first two pages of the unit (intro page, vocabulary, study guide).
- I read aloud from chapter 1, just a few pages to introduce the story.
- I encourage people to create a list of characters, and include a detail or two about each.
- Everyone had about twenty-five minutes to read.
- We spent the last five minutes talking about distinctive orators/speakers, and finding out who would perform part of Old Major's speech AS that orator. So far we have Nick as Malcolm X, and Greg as Tom Brokaw.
- I conferenced with Tyler and Allie.
- Finish reading chapters 1-2, if necessary.
- Read through all the study guide questions, and think about them. Make sure you are prepared to answer them during class discussion tomorrow.
- We will have a reading quiz over chapters 1-2 tomorrow as well.
- Theme for English B
- Reality TV Journal
Point of View/Perspective
- We talked a lot today about what point-of-view is, and how it affects the way a story is told.
- We talked about how people see things differently depending on age, background, gender, life experiences, etc.
- We spent about twenty minutes writing "Life at Thirty".
Writing Experiment #8
Start Time: 2:00
End Time: 2:20
Life at Thirty—THE BIG PICTURE!
• Pretend today is your thirtieth birthday (or fortieth, if you need).
• Tell me what your life is like! Focus on whatever
• WRITE IN PRESENT TENSE!
• Use FIRST PERSON (“I”).
You might want to include (but don’t have to):
• Living situation (house)
• Possessions (car)
• Environment (on the moon?)
• Happiness! Satisfaction with life?
• Financial standing (money)
- • Economy
• Youthful appearance still?
• Receding hairline?
• Where you live
I read Ben and Ashley's Life at Thirty pieces to show a couple of possible directions you could take when you revise.
- I read Alyssa's story, "The Sandwich Bed", and people took notes about WHY the story sounded like a child was telling it. Here's what they came up with: simple vocabulary, short sentences, repetition, etc.
- We had about twenty-five minutes to create a typed draft of this piece--a memory of yours from ages 5-8, occurring during a short time frame, and including at least four sentences of dialogue.
Christmas Wish List
- I handed out index cards, and people wrote down five things they want for Christmas--they could be realistic, or not; serious, or not; major, or minor....