Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Identifying Theme in "Nadia the Willful"

"Nadia the Willful" Background: The Bedouins, the group featured in today's story, are an Arab people of the Sahara and the desert lands of the Middle East. The leader of a Bedouin tribe or clan is called a sheik. Bedouins live as nomads, or wanderers, searching the desert for oases (placed with water and pasture) where they can settle with their goats, sheep, camels, and horses. When water becomes scare, the group moves on. Life in the desert is hard and dangerous. Food is scarce, sandstorms are common, and temperatures can reach up to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. 

 Today's Learning Objective   Identify the theme of a story

Warm Up  Happy Tuesday! Yesterday you were asked to analyze a favorite movie or book and try to identify its theme. Now go to Padlet (2nd Period, 3rd Period, 5th Period) and share the title and theme of your book or movie on our digital classroom wall.  

Identifying Theme in "Nadia the Willful"  Today will be reading a wonderful piece of short fiction entitled "Nadia the Willful" and try to identify its theme. Open your Language of Literature textbooks to page 67. First, examine the "Build Background" section and the images. Take note of the setting of this story. Read the "Focus Your Reading" section to remind yourself what theme is in a story and how to determine it. 

As we read "Nadia the Willful" together, we will pay special attention to the characters and their actions, speech, thoughts, and how they change, as clues to determining the story's theme. You can find the assignment Nadia the Willful - Characters and Theme in your Language Arts folders. 

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a digital Reading Log entry. A new Reading Log for Quarter 2 has been placed in your Language Arts folders. Please use it this quarter. (2.) Continue work on you 100 Word Challenge: Picture Challenge story. (3.) Complete the Nadia the Willful - Characters and Theme  assignment. DueFriday, October October 24