Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Narrative Nonfiction and Applying a Central Idea

Warm Up  Today we will read a narrative nonfiction article about the Boston Marathon Bombing that occurred a little over a year ago. Before we do, let's watch the video below to remind ourselves what happened that day. 

Narrative Nonfiction: 'I Survived The Boston Bombing'  Now you will read "the incredible story of a teenager and her mother who lived through the horrific terrorist attack in Boston one year ago." The article for you to read has been placed in your Language Arts folder. A link to the article can also be found on the web here. Please follow along as we read together. After reading the article we will also watch the video "After the Bombing," in which Sydney Corcoran and her mother take us through their healing process.    

Paired Text: President Obama's 'We Summon the Strength' Speech  In light of the narrative nonfiction reading we have done and video we just watched, we will now read a 'paired text,' the speech President Obama delivered closely after the Boston Marathon Bombing. See if you can identify a central idea in the president's speech and whether that idea is illustrated by Sydney in "I Survived the Boston Bombing." An excerpt of President Obama's speech can be found at the end of the article we previously read. The video of the full speech can be found below.  

Applying a Central Idea  In your Language Arts folder, you will also find an assignment entitled 'Applying a Central Idea.' We will use this document to analyze President Obama's speech and apply our understanding of its central idea to the story of Sydney Corcoran in "I Survived the Boston Bombing." Finally, we will write a paragraph relating the ideas of the two texts. If we don't finish in class today, we will continue working on this assignment tomorrow. 

Homework  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.