Wednesday, December 7, 2011 Novel: Quiz, Reading Response, Group Work (including Self and Group Evaluation) Grammar: Sentence Skills Study Plan
Housekeeping• Exams – to be handed back at the end of class• Registering for next term – Permission to register early = average > 70%• Study Sheet• Christmas Party next Tuesday, 12-2
Novel Quiz/Reading Response (Part 1) 15 minutes1. Multiple Choice Quiz /5 marks• Close your books• Circle the best answer• When you are done, hand in your quiz and get the “Reading Response” handout from me2. Reading Response – see handout /5 marks
Reading Response (Part 1)Throughout both novels the protagonist and other characters oftenmake serious or profound statements about people or life. Forexample,Junior: “I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats.” (p. 6)Christopher: “. . . loving someone is helping them when they get into trouble, and looking after them, and telling them the truth. . .” p. 87Charlie: “P.S. please tel prof Nemur not to be such a grouch when pepul laff at him and he would have more frends. Its easy to have frends if you let pepul laff at you. Im going to have lots of frends where I go.” (Charlie`s last Progress Report)Take a few moments now to see if you can locate one or more ofthese. Write them down on the paper provided. [10 minutes]
Philosophical StatementsTrue Diary / Curious Dog / Flowers [5-7 min.]
Reading Response (Part 2) 15 minutesPick one of these philosophical statements fromyour novel and write a brief personal responseor reflection. You may choose to agree,disagree, explain how it relates to thecharacter’s experience in the story, or how itrelates to your own experience.
Group Work – Part 11. True Diary p. 169-230 / Curious p. 155-221/ Flowers PR 15-17• Vocabulary and clarification (5 minutes)• Key Events (5-7)• ConflictsTime: 30 minutes – Do not get stuck on arguing points; Keep moving –there is more to come!2. Wrap up• Most important event(s) in the novel (1-3)• Most important conflicts in the novel (and how they were resolved)• Was the ending appropriate? Satisfying? Discuss.Time = 30 minutes
Group Work – Part 2• Meet with the group studying the same novel as you• Share and compare – the most important conflicts – the most important eventsMake sure you explain *why* they areimportant!
Group Work Evaluation• Follow the instructions to evaluate yourself and your group members – Privately – Honestly – Fairly• I will review the sheets and calculate each student’s total mark• I will ask you to justify discrepancies (differences)
Sentence Skills Study PlanTo prepare for your personalized grammar quizon Wed. January 18th, you should:• Study the recommended text pages and complete practices (answers to be uploaded asap)• Review grammar slides (to be uploaded asap)• Review grammar links (to be updated asap)• Post any questions you have on the forum (with a clear title like “Question about Misplaced Modifiers”)• Make notes of questions to bring up in class
Study Sheet for Wed., Dec. 14th• Grammar Quiz ( /10 marks) – S-V Agreement – Prepositions – Count/Non-Count Nouns – Articles• Novel Exam ( /100 marks)• Three literary analysis questions (see handout)
For the Exam• For any question – explain your answer clearly – then, provide support by referring to the story – it is not enough to “memorize” what was discussed in your group; you need to understand and be able to explain your own ideas and any ideas you got from group discussions• For conflict – who/what is it between – cause/why – how it develops – is it/how it is resolved
For the Exam• For Theme (See “Theme” handout) – You will given a theme statement – You will be asked to explain how this theme is shown in the novel – You should refer to specific story elements and details that show or reinforce this theme
HomeworkFor Monday, December 12th – In-class Character Assignment• Make notes on your secondary character and bring to class• Be prepared to show me these notes if I ask to see them• You will use your book and notes• No other sources may be usedFor Wednesday, December 14th – grammar quiz + novel exam• grammar review links on website• review your notes and group discussion notes• complete the handouts “Judging Characters” and “Theme”– no marks – for study purposes only.