Thursday, March 20, 2014

Understanding Theme in 'Nadia the Willful'


Warm Up  Good morning!  Please visit No Red Ink and continue to practice how avoid fragments and run-ons by working on the assignment "Run-ons, Fragments, and Subordinating Conjunctions."  For a refresher on what fragments and run-ons are and how to fix them go here.  If you don't finish your 15 questions on No Red Ink in class, please complete for homework.  We will have a quiz on "Commas, Fragments, & Run-ons" tomorrow, Friday, March 21.  


Understanding Theme in 'Nadia the Willful'  Yesterday we read the very powerful short story "Nadia the Willful" about a family coping with the loss of a loved one.  Today we are going to explore the theme of the story in small groups.  Remember that the the theme is the meaning or a moral of a story and can be identified by examining elements of the story, including:  the conflicts in the story, the thoughts and feelings of the characters, the important things the characters say, events and character actions, how characters change, and the lessons characters learn.  In your small groups you will be tasked with choosing between two suggested themes of the story, writing a paragraph explaining your choice, and using evidence from the story to support your ideas.  You can find the assignment here.  What is not finished in class becomes homework.

Homework  (1.) 30 minutes of silent reading at home.  Make sure to record your reading on one of the digital reading logs available.  Our weekly Google Form reading log is here and the Google Spreadsheet reading log can be found here.  (2.) Complete your No Red Ink grammar assignment and study for your "Commas, Fragments, and Run-ons" quiz. (3.) Complete the "Nadia the Willful - Characters and Theme" assignment.  Deadline:  All work related to "Nadia the Willful" must be turned into your name folder within your Language Arts folder before the start of class tomorrow, Friday, March 21, if you want to receive full credit.