Monday 8/20/12Memoir=anaccountofone'spersonal life and experiences; autobiography.Author’s Purpose= why the author wrote the piece (to inform, entertain, describe, persuade)Author’s Perspective= unique viewpoint form which he/she writes. (heritage, traditions, attitudes, beliefs, culture)Anecdote= ashort account of aparticular incident or event, especially of an interesting or amusingnature.Annotation= take notes of the text (underline, circle, signal important information)Setting= refers to when and where (time and place)Sensory Language = refers to see, taste, touch, smell,hear
100 total points
Ms. Mills8th Grade Language Arts
1. I will be able to determine an author’s purpose andperspective in a text.2. I will be able to understand how an author uses sensory andspecific details to create a setting.3. I will be able to write a clear and original reflective memoirthat indicates their perspective on a particular time/place intheir life.
Essential QuestionsAt the end of our studies can you answer the following questions basedon real life experiences and support from our literary selection How do sensory How does an author’s details improve the perspective impact his trait of IDEAS? or her writing? And how does the setting help reveal an author’s perspective?
Building Academic Vocabulary Set Up your BAV notebook for the following terms: -Memoir -Author’s Purpose -Author’s Perspective -Setting -Anecdote -Sensory Language -Annotation
Is this an example of an anecdote? "I could hear the buzz of voices as I walked up the stairs to the function room. Aglance at my watch showed that it had already been in progress for about fortyminutes. I figured about two hours would see me out; then I could escape. Thefirst half hour was pretty much as I expected: handshakes, smiles, a bit of talkabout work; the usual enquiries after family and so on, while I moved around theroom. I happened to be looking at the door when Jenny walked in: a splash ofbright color in her red dress. I remember that red dress so well! She paused andlooked around uncertainly. I couldnt remember seeing her before – was she new?What the heck, I thought – I might as well go and introduce myself. I made myway over to her and smiled. "Hello," I said. "I havent seen you around here before, have I?My names Mark Smith." She smiled back, and I think she won me over in that instant. Jenny has the best smileyou ever saw: it lights up her whole face. "Hi," she said, offering her hand. "Im Jenny.Actually, I started here only three days ago." After meeting Jenny, I went from looking at my watch every ten minutes, waiting until itwas time to go, to not even noticing how quickly the time flew by. I think it was an hour,maybe an hour and a half, later that she said "I think weve put in enough time here. Want tofind somewhere quiet to get a drink?" "You dont need to ask twice!" I told her, and we left. That was twelve years ago, and now Jenny has been my wife for eleven and a half of thoseyears."
Is this an example of an anecdote? "I walked into the room and thought it would be the same old meet-and-greet type of function that Id been to dozens of times before. I planned to spend no more than a couple of hours there, then leave. Then I spotted Jenny. She had just walked in the door and was looking around as though she didnt know anybody. She looked nice, so I went over and started talking. And that was it. We left together after an hour and a half and found a wine bar; six months later we were married."
1. Brainstorm a list of favorite places2. Rally Robin the places you love with your shoulder partner3. Rally robin again, Yellow + Red Green + Blue to share the places you love
Cynthia Rylant is an award winning children’s and youngadult author. She has written over 100 books of variousgenres, including non-fiction and poetry. When I wasYoung in the Mountains is her first-ever book,published in 1982. She wrote it from her experiencesliving in West Virginia with her grandparents after hermother left her at their doorstep at age nine. It is aCaldecott Honor Book.
Features to notice… 1. Sensory details 2. Alliteration 3. Setting What is annotation? What is the author’s purpose for writing this piece?
Let’s Annotate Skim the literary piece Put a squiggly line under examples of Repetition ? and place a above any unfamiliar words Place a square around examples of Alliteration Pairs Read Aloud Circle any examples of Teacher Read Aloud, this the Rule of Three time underline any details you can taste, touch, smell, hear, see
Think-Pair-Share Author’s Perspective: How would text have changed if the person was from the city? Author’s Purpose: Using clues from the text, brainstorm ideas of why Cynthia Rylant wrote this piece. What is her perspective?
On a sticky Exit Ticketnote, explainwhy CynthiaRylant wrotethis piece. Usedetails from thetext to supportyour opinion.Place your stickynote on the doorwhen exitingclass today.
Simultaneous Round Table1. Teacher assigns a topic or question and provides think time.2. All four students respond, simultaneously writing their own response.3. The teacher signals time.4. Students pass papers to one person clockwise.5. Students continue, adding new thoughts and ideas to what the previous student wrote.
Simultaneous Round Table1. What is the author’s purpose for saying, “When I was young in the mountains, I never wanted to go to the ocean, and I never wanted to go to the desert…I was in the mountains.”2. What would be another good title for this piece?3. Locate a sentence that incorporates sensory details. What details did Rylant include?
Grammar ReviewGo to pages 75 and 81 in your grammar workbook. Complete 1-10 odds only.
Simultaneous Round TableGrammar Review-Can you identify 8 verbs from Rylant’s literary piece?
Writing opportunity Use the sensory detail chart to draft a MEMOIR of YOUR experience in the style of Cynthia Rylant’s When I was Young in the Mountains.Sight Sound Smell Taste Touch
Student SampleWhen I was young at the races When I was young at the races,The freshly painted drag cards were among cars revved up to go down the track,the attractions, as the fans raced to see John “VROOOOOOOM!”Force speed down the track. The people placed bets on who was going toThe twisted metal of the car crashes collided win the race.with the wall, fire raging from the jet Vendors tried to sell you merchandiseengines. as the motorcycles passed you by.When I was young at the races When I was young at the races,the sticky asphalt of the track prevented the The greasy burgers from the vendors,tires from spinning out. the monster energy drinks that gave me theThe smoothness of the paint, aroma of fresh biggest BUZZZZ ever, the chips from hometires, and hot engines after a run was and the BBQ ribs for dinner, made myoverpowering. stomach ache in a wonderful way.When I was young at the races, When I was young at the racesthe alcohol fuel and burnt rubber was an I never wanted to go homeevery Saturday thrill I never wanted to stopThe fresh burgers and fries, And I never wanted to leave the trackthe exhaust from the cars made me never I was young at the races, and that was alwayswant to go anywhere else. enough.
Student SampleWhen I was young at the beach, When I was young at the beach,I soared out of the car, salt controlled the aironto the hot sand. Sour fish mixed with sunscreen and formed a new scent,With this I entered a new world, Sometimes you would even breath infilled with nothing by freedom. the sweetness of a child’s ice cream.Stress melted out of my body like a popsicle ona summer day When I was young at the beach, the salt made its way into my mouth leaving a slight tang on my taste budsWhen I was young at the beach, and then my throat would dry up,My feet would be swallowed by sand, leaving me coughing or choking.hot and dry, or cool soothing mud. But I always begged for more.The greenish-blue watermight as well have been clear as ice. When I was young at the beach, the moonlight would glisten on the water,And like ice, the coldness would slip away. the waves would control the shape of the sand.and the water would allow you in. White sea salt raced across the waves.When I was young at the beach, When I was young at the beach.the waves roared in my ear, I never wanted to go to the mountains, I never wanted the summer to end,inviting me to join in. I never wanted to go anywhere eelsThe seagulls screeched on, encouraging me. I just wanted to be at the beach, because thatThe people already in, laughed was always enoughAnd made it hard to resist.
Memoir RubricDid you… Self Peer Peer Evaluation Evaluation EvaluationWrite in the 1st Person (I, Me, We)Use lots of Sensory Details (see,taste, touch, smell, hear)Use PAST tense verbs onlyUse an anecdote (short story)Use at least 1 example ofFigurative Language (simile,metaphor, personification)Include the Rule of 3Include Alliteration (peter piperpicked pickles)Include Repetition (When I wasyoung in…)Use a Thesaurus to improve wordchoiceCheck for correct spelling /grammar
Exit Ticket Directions: Please go to our classroom blog.All classes must respond to both questions in your blog . Follow blogrules.Periods 1,2,5,7 you must also respond to one other persons blogresponse stating if you agree or disagree. Give details supporting yourthoughts.How do sensory details improve the trait of IDEAS?How does an author’s perspective impact his or her writing?