Wednesday, November 21, 2011 Literature: Novel Quiz, Intro to Reading Response, Group Work
Housekeeping• I will try to have exams marked by next week• Work from the the Short Story Unit will no longer be accepted• Roberts Christmas Party – Tues. Dec. 13th, 12-2 p.m.• Last class before the holidays is Wed. Dec. 14th.
Novel Quiz (10 minutes total)Multiple Choice Quiz /5 marks• Close your books• Circle the best answer• When you are done, you may read your novel quietly.
Reading ResponsePurpose• to express your personal reactions and opinions about what you are reading• to make connections with previous reading or your own experiences• to show an understanding of what you are reading• to show that you can write clearly about literatureAvoid• re-telling the story – only re-tell the parts of the story that are necessary to support your own ideas
0You have not made a response or it is too short to beconsidered acceptable.1You are just retelling the story. You have not responded tothe topic given. Your response is too short for theamount of time given. Your writing was often unclear anddoes not always show you understand the story.2You have done some retelling, but tried to respond to thetopic. You have not explained your thoughts or opinions.Your response may be a bit short for the amount of timegiven. Your writing was often unclear and does notalways show you understand the story.
3You responded to the topic, with only a bit of retelling. You tried to explain some ofyour thinking and opinions. You might have made a connection with other readingsor your own life. Your response was a reasonable length for the time given. Whileyour writing could be stronger, it was mostly clear and shows some understandingof the story.4You responded to the topic and retold parts of the story only to help you explainyour responses. You often explained your thinking and opinions. You have madesome connection with other stories or your own life. Your response was areasonable length for the time given. It was reasonably well-written and shows agood understanding of the story.5You responded to the topic and retold parts of the story only to help you explainyour responses. You retold only to help explain your responses. You consistentlyexplained your thinking and made connections with other stories or your own life.You may have shown you have thought about the way it was written. Your responsewas a good length for the time given, well written and shows excellentunderstanding of the story.
Sample 1This story basically tells us about the Islamic revolutionthat took a place in Iran in late 70s from the girl namedMarjane who was growing up in that particular time inIran. . . . . It’s interesting how Marjane as a child startedthinking of becoming a prophet and the way her grandmawas trying to play with her. . .What grade would you give this response?2 or 3– mostly retelling but does show understanding of thestory; attempts to express a personal opinion (It’sinteresting. . .) but needs to explain “why” or “how”; thewriting isn’t perfect but it is clear
Sample 2I like the story very much because I can persenaly relate to it.On top of that it’s well written, ditteled and sarcastic, whichmakes me want to read more.I have always been in favour of picture novels since I wasreading tintin as a child; that allows me to emagen thecarecters easier, some time when I’m reading an story, I getlost in my amagination and lose the point of the storyWhat grade would you give this response?3 or 4-makes a personal connection but doesn’t explain it-has thought about the way the story was written-makes a connection to another story-compares reading graphic novel to reading written story-some grammar and spelling errors but still readable
Reading Response (20 min.) /5What is your overall reaction to your novel so far?Explain your thoughts and feelings, referring to thestory details as necessary.You may use your novel for this task.NOTE: this is an in-class assignment. Students whomiss class cannot write on the same topic as thosewho attended class.
Participation and Evaulation• See Handout• Gather with your group now.• Use the next 5 minutes to exchange contact information.
Group Work – Part 1• Share Reactions• Vocabulary – 5 minutes• Clarification – 5 minutes• Key Events – On large paper, write the key events in point form (try to keep to 5-7 key events)• Conflicts
Group Work – Part 2• Compare conflicts• Hand in – I will make copies and post originals
HomeworkNovel• See your Novel Study Outline• Read the next section for next Wednesday!• Make notes• View the Website Information on your novelWriting• Read English Skills, Chapter 14 “Description” (p. 268-272); complete the questions on p. 271-272