Monday, October 24, 2016

Tuesday/Wednesday, October 25/26, 2016

Announcements and Reminders:

Hand in your unused hall passes by the end of the period.  You will receive three points of extra credit for each one that has your name on it.  
Today is the deadline to sign up for your November Book of the Month! The genre is Fantasy or Science Fiction. Check here for more information!

If you want any of your assignments/papers from Term 1, pick those up in the basket. Otherwise, we will throw them away on October 26 when the term ends.

We had announced the Overall Spelling Test for today, but we want to introduce one more set of commonly confused words first. Study up on "are/our" and "where/wear" for your next test on October 31 or November 1. Your Overall Spelling Test will be on November 8/9.

Zombie Haiku Contest: This ends on Wednesday. 

Targets for Today:

I can collect evidence from The Outsiders for a future argument essay.

Today’s  Agenda:

Silent Reading time and Sign up for your Book of the Month. Remember that it has to be a Fantasy or Science Fiction book.

And now... It's the end of the world as we know it! Or rather, it's the end of The Outsiders. We will finish the book today, so pull out your green sheets and character pages and get ready!

It's time for the trial that will decide if Ponyboy goes to jail, if he goes into foster care, or if he stays with Soda and Darry. He imagines it will be something like this...

What are some things that have changed about Ponyboy? Why was Two-Bit worried when Ponyboy broke that pop bottle (page 171)? Do you think Ponyboy is tough now?

What did we just learn about Sodapop? How about Darry and Ponyboy? Write something down on your character pages for each of them.

What did Johnny say in his letter to Ponyboy? What did Pony decide to do about it?

If we have time, we'll talk about metafiction. If a book is metafictional, it crosses the line between story and reality and acknowledges itself as a book. These are some examples of what that might look like:

  • A character reading the story to another character (Princess Bride, anyone?)
  • A character realizing that they are just part of a story (like in this movie)
  • The story is actually written by a character in the story (Sound familiar?)

If You Were Absent:

Finish The Outsiders and fill in more details on your green sheet and your character pages, especially about Ponyboy, Soda, and Darry.


Metafictional: When a text refers to its own status as a book, play, poem, etc. This can create irony and blur the line between reality (the book you're holding) and the story (what happens inside).

The story outside of the story is also called a "frame story."

Meta:   (prefix from Ancient Greek) a prefix added to the name of a subject and designating another subject 
that analyzes the original one but at a more abstract, higher level:
metaphilosophy; metalinguistics, metacognition, metafiction
a prefix added to the name of something that consciously 
references or comments upon its own subject or features:
a meta-painting of an artist painting a canvas.