Announcements and Reminders for Thursday, November 1, 2018 -- B-Day:
Finish reading your book by November 2 (Friday) for A-Day students, and by November 5 (Monday) for B-Day students. You will bring your collections of evidence for themes, will write about a theme in your book (using the PEE format), and will hand both in.
Targets for Today:
I can show that I know how to spell the commonly confused words "its/it's" and "to/too/two."
I can find words to use instead of overly used words.
I can listen to and read realistic fiction -- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.
I can study examples for a writing assignment to understand how to improve my own writing.
(to make a point and support that point with evidence and explanation)
You will be doing this for your book-of-the-month project.
Point: Pink or Red Evidence: Blue Explanation: Green
Unhighlighted:background information to help the reader understand
A theme expressed in the short story “Three Skeleton Key” by George G. Toudouze is “"Don't let one bad experience stop you from doing what you enjoy.” The unnamed narrator of the story goes to work at a lighthouse on an island that is actually just a rock rising out of the sea twenty miles from land. He volunteers to work there because the pay is high and he is saving his money to get married. The island is said to be haunted, and the sea is shark-infested, but those details don’t bother the narrator.
The narrator tells us that “it was a nice life there,” and that he and his two companions “liked it there” (66). In other words, he enjoys it. He has companionship, the work is not too hard, they have views of the ocean and, at night, of their huge light illuminating the sea. They have plenty of provisions, a supply ship comes about every forty days, and each man gets shore leave every eighteen weeks. For this young man who has chosen to work on lighthouses and who hopes to save up a great deal of money, it is the perfect job.
His experience there becomes not so perfect when a ship filled with starving rats wrecks on their tiny island, and the rats invade the island. For almost two weeks the narrator and his two companions fight to survive the rat invasion. What they go through Is horrific, the stuff of nightmares. They cannot open doors or windows of the lighthouse which is literally covered with hungry rats. Then the rats break in, and the men have to fight them off, and are bitten and scratched. They are finally rescued, but one of the narrator’s companions dies and the other has gone insane.
Our narrator, in spite of the horrors he has experienced, decides to return to the lighthouse after it has been cleaned up and repaired. He tells us this:
“As for me—when they fumigated the light and repaired the damage done by the rats, I resumed my service there. Why not? No reason why such an incident should keep me from finishing out my service there, is there? Besides—I told you I liked the place—to be truthful, I’ve never had a post as pleasant as that one, and when my time came to leave it forever, I tell you that I almost wept as Three Skeleton Key disappeared below the horizon” (76).
The message seems to be that if people have a passion for something they should not stop doing it because they are afraid of past incidents. The narrator puts the past behind him, and continues doing what he likes. In fact, at the beginning of the story, he had revealed that he ended up working on lighthouses for thirty-five years (65). Perhaps it is true that too often that people let less traumatic experiences place limits on the rest of their lives.
If You Were Absent:
Arrange to take the spelling test.
Ask about creating your own tombstone.
Catch up on with the class reading in The Outsiders.
Study the example of PEE writing below as you prepare for your book of the month writing.
Make sure you have collected evidence for themes in your book, including two or three for one theme.
More PEE Writing-- See this presentation:
Be ready to do your own PEE writing -- Point, Evidence, Explanation -- next time.
Dead Word: a word that is overused or not specific enough to carry very much meaning. Replace dead words in your writing with stronger, more meaningful words.
Help and Enrichment
Dictionary.com is useful for finding synonyms. Go to the site, click on the thesaurus feature (or just go to Thesaurus.com.) and type in the word you wish to replace.