Housekeeping Wednesday Nov. 24th is the last day to hand in any work on the novel. The exam will start at 6 p.m. on Wednesday
Reading Response Journal Respond to one or more of the following questions: Why do you think the author wrote this book? (What was his purpose? To entertain? To educate? To criticize? To persuade? etc.) Did he succeed? Now that you have finished the book, what is your overall reaction to it? Give reasons. Do you think the title fits the story? Explain. Have you ever felt like a “part-time” anything? Explain.
Grammar Questions? Subject-Verb Agreement - Compound subjects with “and” Ex: Jack and Jill walk (Rule: compound subject with and = plural verb) Hint: Replace the two subjects with “they” and see what fits Ex: Theywalk with “either/or, neither/nor,” etc. Ex: Either the students or the teacherwrites Ex: Either the teacher orstudents write (Rule: the subject closest to verb determines agreement) Hint: replace the subject closest to the verb with the appropriate pronoun Ex: Either the students or the teacherhe/she writes Ex: Eitherthe teacher orstudents they write
Grammar Questions (Cont’d.) Indefinate Pronouns (see p. 467) one, anyone, somebody, etc. the verb is always singular Everyone wants to do well on the exam. (he/she wants) Somebody always leaves the door open. (he/she leaves)
Grammar Questions (Cont’d.) Fragments Ex: After the tornado struck the small town. (Fragment) Beginning with dependent words like “after” (because, since, although, etc.) often leads to fragments ifthe thought is not completed. So, make sure you complete the thought: Fixed: After the tornado struck the small town, many people were homeless. OR Fixed: Many people were homeless after the tornado struck the small town. Ex: Running around the gym. (Fragment) Fixed: Running around the gym, Frank was very tired. While he was running around the gym, Frank was very tired. Frank was running around the gym. He was very tired.
Run-ons Ex: He was really motivated to get fit he joined a health spa, it was the right move. (3 ideas run-together) Fixed: He was really motivated to get fit, so he joined a health spa.It was the right move. Fixed: Since he was really motivated to get fit, he joined a health spa; it was the right move.
Judging Characters Share your ideas about the first question with your table mate. In your opinion, who are the three most important characters in the book (besides Junior)? Rank and explain your choices. Did you agree on any of your choices?
Judging Characters Which characters are most alike? How?
Which are the most opposite? In what ways?
What is Theme? In fiction, theme is the author’s view about life and how people behave.
Theme A theme is a generalization about life, society, or human nature that is revealed by the story. A theme is not a statement about the specific characters or other details in the story. NOT x “The theme of Persepolis is that Marjane is an Iranian girl confused by the revolution.” (specific) BUT “The theme of Persepolis is that it is difficult to be a strong young woman during a time of revolution and oppression.” (general/universal)
Examining Themes in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian In pairs or small groups, share the work you did on the theme handout. Explain which theme you picked and why.
Theme (Cont’d.) On the exam you will be asked to explain a theme of the novel. When you are explaining a theme, you can and should describe the key events of the story that illustrate that theme (illustrate = show/develop). xDo not just list the events. Connect the events to the theme.
Explaining a Theme “The theme of Persepolis is that it is difficult to grow up during a time of revolution and oppression.” The author, MarjaneSatrapi, describes her own life as a young girl in Iran during the revolution. In this story, she is an idealistic, strong-minded, and religious child. During the revolution, Marjane and her family experience many terrible and difficult things. Marjane no longer goes to school with boys and must wear a veil. Her mother is in danger for expressing her opinions against the regime. Family and friends are tortured or killed. These experiences cause Marjane to lose her innocece and faith. She has to grow up quickly and often when she tries to do “normal” teenage things she puts herself in danger. Eventually her parents send her away to protect her. Satrapi’s story shows us how difficult it is to come of age while living under a repressive regime.
Theme (Cont’d.) Review your notes on the “Theme” handout. Did you just list the events? Or did you explain and connect them to the theme? If you just listed events, you should rewrite your explanation now; make sure you are connecting the events to the theme.
Homework Prepare for the exam!! Complete any unfinished novel assignments and hand them in before we write the exam. I will not accept any novel assignments after the exam has been written on Wednesday.