AGENDA Quiz: Vocabulary (chapters 1-4) Discussion: The Hunger Games: Characters Presentation: Essay #2 In-Class Writing: page 46 SMG 1. Beginning with a quotation/transitioning to your remembered event. 2. Vivid presentation of a place: Using sensory details: 643- 648 3. Describe a person central to your event. Include a physical description and gestures or behaviors. 4. Writing Dialogue. 5. Framing: beginnings and endings
QUIZ The quiz covers the words from Chapters 1-4. You will have 12 minutes to complete the quiz. There are 18 words. Tests, quizzes, and various assignments are worth 150 points of your grade. This quiz will be a percentage of that grade that will be determined based on the number of tests, quizzes, and assignments given during the quarter. There will be at least 5 vocabulary quizzes.
The Hunger Games Katniss Rue Gale Hawthorne Haymitch Abernathy Peeta Mellark Cinna Prim Everdeen Effie Trinket Mrs. Everdeen
The Writing Assignment Using The Hunger Games as your starting point, write an essay about an event in your life that will engage readers and that will, at the same time, help them understand the significance of the event. Tell your story dramatically and vividly in 750-1000 words. Format: MLA style (For help, see “MLA Formatting” on the website”). Please give your paper an original title; dont underline or put quotation marks around your own title.
The Goal: Writing a Good IntroductionThe Strategy: Choose a provocative or interesting quotation (four typed lines or more) from The Hunger Games and integrate it into your introduction. You can start with the quotation, or you can work it in after a few sentences. Summarize what is happening in the novel at the point of your quotation, and then explain the context (particular setting) for the quotation. This is important because it sets up the connection to your own experience. Then, write a transition paragraph, making a connection between the quotation and the event in your life. Your thesis sentence will likely be the sentence in which you clearly make that connection (we will talk more about theses in our next meeting).
How Despicable We Must Seem Before the opening ceremonies, Katniss meets with her stylist, Cinna, to prepare. Cinna pressesa button and a fancy meal of “Chicken and chunks of oranges cooked in a creamy sauce laid on abed of pearly white grain, tiny green peas and onions, rolls shaped like flowers, and for dessert, apudding the color of honey” appears (65). Katniss thinks about how difficult it would be to get ameal like this in District 12: What must it be like, I wonder, to live in a world where food appears at thepress of a button? How would I spend the hours I now commit to combing the woods for sustenance if it were so easy to come by? What do they do all day, these people in the Capitol, besides decorating their bodies and waiting around for a new shipment of tributes to roll in and die for their entertainment? I look up and find Cinna‟s eyes trained on mine. „How despicable we must seem to you,‟ he says. (65)Katniss doesn‟t respond to Cinna‟s statement, but she agrees in her head. “He‟s right, though. Thewhole rotten lot of them is despicable” (65). Although our world does not really consist of a Capitol and many districts, there are still somepeople who live more comfortably than others. For people like me who live in privilege, life iseasy. Food is readily available if I want to eat. Outside of school, I don‟t really have manyresponsibilities. I don‟t have to worry about how I will survive day to day. My family has told meon many occasions to think about how lucky I am to live the way I do. In other countries, life ishard. In Africa, children starve to death as a result of famine and poverty. People my age in somecountries are working more than my parents do. Katniss‟s disgust for the extravagant Capitol issimilar to the disgust I felt for myself when I listened to an account of one man‟s visit to factories inChina.
Make a Quick Narrative Ladder: Where and when did your event take place? • Setting • Rising action • Climax • Resolution
The Goal: Create A Vivid Presentation of Places Recreate the time and place of the event Ground readers in specifics: • When? Christmas morning; one day in late fall, Saturday night • Where? At a 7-11 in San Jose, at my Aunt Helen‟s Easter party, In the back alley of a club in Sunnyvale Name specific objects • White, spherical snowball • City clothes • Translucent skin • Dirty sidewalk
The Strategy: Listing Key Places Make a list of all the places where the event occurred, skipping some space after each entry on your list. In the space after each entry on your list, make some notes describing each place. What do you see (except people for now)? What objects stand out? Are thy large or small, green or brown, square or oblong? What sounds do you hear? Do you detect any smells? Does any taste come to mind? Any textures?
The Goal: Make A Vivid Presentation of PeopleDescriptive details of behaviors or actions • She stuck her hand in the bag and picked up the poor, little dead squirrel. • He drew his hands through his long, greasy hairA bit of dialogue • “Poor dear,” she murmured • “Get out of my house,” he screamedDetail the person‟s appearance • A thin woman: all action • He wore dress clothes: a black suit and tie
The Strategy: Recalling Key People List the people who played more than a causal role in the event Describe a key person: Write a brief description of a person other than yourself who played a major role in the event. Name and detail a few distinctive physical features or items of dress. Describe in a few phrases this person‟s way of moving and gesturing
The Strategy Continued: Use dialogue to convey immediacy and drama Reconstruct one important conversation • Try to remember any especially memorable comments, any unusual choice of words, or any telling remarks that you made or were made to you. • Try to partially re-create the conversation so that readers will be able to imagine what was going on and how your language and the other person‟s language reveal who you were and your relationship.
The Goal: Writing a Good ConclusionThe Strategy: Framing: The neatest conclusion is to connect your event back to your quotation in the last paragraph. This will tie your essay into a neat package.Other Strategies: Conclude with reflections on the meaning of the experience (avoid tagging on a moral) To underscore the event‟s continuing significance, you can show that the conflict was never fully resolved? Contrast your remembered and current feelings and thoughts.
Conclusion I heard some people around me breathe sighs of relief. Thecaptivating story about factories in China was no longer real to them. Themood was noticeably lighter as Mr. Mustard finished the last few minutesof class talking about how presentation is important when talking.However, I didn‟t feel the same as some of my classmates. Their feelingsvanished as soon as they heard that the story wasn‟t entirely true, but I feltthat just because the parts were taken from different sources didn‟t meanthe situation was different for those workers. I still felt that I was to blamefor their suffering. Just as Katniss felt disgust for the Capitol, I felt disgust for myself.In The Hunger Games, the districts suffer as the Capitol citizens enjoy theirextravagant lives. In real life, people in other countries suffer as a result ofpeople like me who like fancy electronics. Once again, I thought abouthow lucky I was to have a comfortable life. Hours and hours of SATclasses or tutoring were nothing compared to what other people my ageendured. I pictured myself talking to factory workers just as Cinna talkedto Katniss: “How despicable we must seem to you.”
Notes Use present tense when describing the events in a novel or film or story: “Katniss volunteers” or “Haymitch is drinking heavily.” Your thesis for this paper will be the transition sentence: “Katniss’s mother’s complete breakdown reminds me of what happened to my aunt.” Or “Katniss distrusts Peeta even though most of his actions should make her trust him – I can relate.” Use chronological order to tell your story. Use past tense to describe the event(s) in your life: “I was camping with my family up in Yosemite.”
HOMEWORK Read: HG through chapter 9. Write: finish and post your in-class writing Journal Prompt #3 Study: Vocabulary (Chapters 8-9) Bring: HG and SMG; draft of your writing