Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Analyzing Characters and Making Inferences

Analyzing Characters in 'Dear Future'  Today we are going to continue the short story "Dear Future." Our focus will be on analyzing the character of James, as we track his changing attitudes about growing up from the beginning of the story to the end. We will also consider the question: What causes James's attitude to change? Once again, you can find a copy of the story "Dear Future" in your Language Arts Google Classroom (and a link to it here). The Analyzing Character ("Dear Future") assignment can also be found in your Language Arts Google Classroom. (This assignment is due this Friday, September 11.)

Making Inferences  In addition to analyzing characters, we will also be using "Dear Future" to learn more about making inferences. When you make an inference you use clues from the text and your own experiences to reach a conclusion. To learn more, watch the short video below. 

Now let's apply our new understanding of how to make inferences to the short story "Dear Future." Using the document Making Inferences ("Dear Future"), located in your Language Arts Google Classroom, make some inferences about the story and then explain how you came to that conclusion. (This assignment is also due this Friday, September 11.)

Homework  (1.) Complete the assignments Making Inferences ("Dear Future") and Analyzing Character ("Dear Future") by this Friday, September 11. (2.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and, if you choose, make a reading log entry using the Digital Reading Log. (Remember you must have made at least two entries by the end of the week.)