Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Thursday/Friday, November 16/17, 2017

Announcements and Reminders:

Don't forget to bring money for the Penny War!  

You can do it!  You can succeed! 

Here is another sample -- the one we looked at last time -- for working on your essay:
Another Sample Argument Essay -- In Progress

Here are some helps for working on your argument essay:
Essay Helps for The Outsiders Essay: Is Johnny Cade Innocent or Guilty?
The links are under construction, but available.

Targets for Today: 
  • I can compare and contrast  a book with its movie version, noticing how the story and our reactions to it are affected by  techniques used in each medium.
  • I can read a variety of texts, and recognize literary elements within them. 
  • I can recognize and use the terms used to discuss argument writing.
  • I can recognize and use verbs.  

Today’s  Agenda:

1. Finish The Outsiders, if needed.

2. Write a paragraph under Reading Responses in your composition book:

Respond in one or two paragraphs to your experience with reading/listening to and viewing The Outsiders.  What did you think?  How did you feel? What did you like or not like about either or both media?  

3.  Class discussion:  Discuss Comparing and Contrasting the Book and Movie
4.  Hand in Venn Diagrams

5. Realistic Fiction and your Book-of-the-Month Assignment  for November/December
(Coming:  More about Theme)

Realistic Fiction - - A Few Recommended Books   
See the tab above for Required Reading/Book Assessments.
Walk Two Moons
Maniac Magee
Counting By 7's
Liar and Spy
Out of My Mind

On Monday/Tuesday of next week, we will go to the media center where the librarians will introduce us to some realistic fiction, and you will have time to select a book or read the book you already have. 


The Theme or Message: 
                      (Theme is a central idea for literature.) 
     What does this book teach about how life could or should be lived? 
        -- or about what is of value in life? 

(or) Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. 

Characteristics of a Good Theme Statement
1. Theme must be expressed in a complete sentence. “Love and rejection” is not a theme statement. It is just an indication of the topic of the story. What in particular is the author saying about love and rejection? 

2. Theme should describe the general meaning of a story, not specific events, actions or characters. Do not use the names of characters in the story when stating the theme. You should make specific references to the story, however, when providing relevant details and examples to support your theme statement. 

3. The theme must hold true for the story as a whole, not just part of it. Pay particular attention to the story’s conclusion to make sure that the outcome matches what you think the theme is.

The Assignment:  Nov Dec BoM Theme.docx 
Extra Credit Opportunity:  Examples of Theme from Movies

I do not agree that the last two (about the Force) are themes.  

7. Practice Argument Vocabulary:

8. If time --- More Verbs!
A1, not
A2 did 

If You Were Absent:

See above.
Pick up in our classroom or print the book of the month assignment:  Nov Dec BoM Theme.docx

Practice your argument vocabulary using Kahoot.


Argument Writing:  A type of writing that states a position on a topic and defends it
Hook: A sentence or sentences that will engage your reader – get their attention
l         Claim/Thesis: A sentence that states your position and includes your main reasons
           Introduction:  The first paragraph of an essay
           Topic Sentence: The sentence near the beginning of the paragraph that states the central idea of the paragraph
          Background Information: The information the reader needs to understand a topic and why it is being discussed
           Body Paragraph:  A paragraph that comes between the introduction and the conclusion
           Transitions:  Words or groups of words that connect ideas and show relationships
           Formal Style:  Writing that does not include contractions or the pronouns "you" or "I"
           Reasons:  Logical main points to support a claim
           Evidence:  Facts, examples, statistics, etc. that support a claim
           Explanation:  explains the evidence and shows how it supports your reasons/claim
           Counterclaim/Opposing Claim:  an opposing argument; something the other side would say 
           Rebuttal:  proving why a counterclaim (opposing claim) is wrong using reasons and evidence
           Conventions:  correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation
           Citation:  giving the source of the evidence 
           Conclusion:  sums up the main point of the whole essay