Monday, November 11, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

Announcements and Reminders:
You should have already signed up for your November book of the month: Science Fiction or Fantasy.
You have eleven  (11) days until your Book-of-the-Month assessment on November 25.   Read your book and collect themes and evidence of those themes!

One very common theme for science fiction/distopian novel is
    "Freedom is more important than security/safety. "
Another common theme in science fiction and fantasy is 
    "The small and seemingly weak can defeat the large and powerful
          when they persist in doing what they need to do."
     (or) when they work together."

"It is noble to stand up against the powerful and evil."
"A few good people can make a big difference in the world."

Book Orders are due by November 22.  

           See this link for more information: Book Orders

Today's Activities:
1.  Individual Reading:  Read your science fiction or fantasy book  and prepare for the Book-of-the-Month Assessment.  

B8:  Reading Priscilla and the Wimps with Mr. Rawlings
and we finished listening to "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi."
The students completed together and handed in the worksheet for "Priscilla and the Wimps."

2. Finish  "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" --  Elements of Literaturepages 4-15
B1  11:42 to 22:24  page 10  -- Finished
B2  11:01 to 35:34  page 15  -- Finished
B3    8:54  to 33:39  page 14  -- Finished
B4  11:42  to 29:09  -- Finished

A.  Plot

B. Discuss Elements of literature  for "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"

Evidence of theme? 

Some possible themes for "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" include these:

Courage and skill can defeat the forces of evil.

When lost or abandoned, one can still find a place to be fostered and loved.

One can find love and acceptance in a new and different society.

Kindness to the weak and needy often pays off in the end. 

Hints to other themes:
What is the author saying about bravery?
What is the author saying about common sense? 
What is the author saying about the differences between males and females? 

C. Qualities of Characters in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"
Ranking Characters in Rikki.doc

B5 did not yet do this.
B6 needs to finish.
B7 needs to finish.
B8  did not yet do this. They need to fill out their worksheets and look at the poem  (D, below) also.  

D. How reliable is the author? 
Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book and others. 
He wrote the poem "The White Man's Burden."

Do you agree with the author of "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" that Nag and Nagaina are evil?
We do not have to believe everything an author says!

If you were absent:
Finish listening to or reading the short story Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.
Fill out both sides of the handout for elements of literature.
 Literary Elements Worksheet.doc
Study this plot map for "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi": Plot for Rikki-tikki-tavi .doc
Complete this challenge:  Ranking Characters in Rikki.doc