Thursday, March 3, 2016

Sofia's Open Mind, "The Panty-House Baby," and 100 Word Challenge Writing Time

 Today's Learning Objectives  * Describe how a particular story’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution. * Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

Sofia's Open Mind: Analyzing Characters  Considering Tequila Worm is told from a first person point of view, we see the world of the story through her eyes. We are also provided with a unique insight into Sofia's internal conflicts, thoughts, and feelings. One way we can explore these internal conflicts, thoughts, and feelings is by using what is called an Open Mind diagram.

An Open Mind diagram is a way of getting inside a character’s head to see what the character might be thinking or feeling. Imagine that the character of Sofia from Tequila Worm thinks in pictures, symbols, images, words or phrases. What would we see inside of Sofia's mind? What would these pictures, symbols, images, words, or phrases represent or signify?

Today, using your class's Padlet wall (Period 2, Period 3, Period 5), I want you to try to get inside of Sofia's mind. Share on your wall at least one picture, symbol, image, word, or phrase that you think represents something significant about who Sofia is as a character. Next, explain the significance of what you posted. Why is it important? What does it reveal to us about Sofia? An example can be found below. 

Guided Reading: Tequila Worm  Today we read the chapter "The Panty-Hose Baby" (pgs. 148-157) of Tequila Worm. As we read, we will stop periodically to discuss the text and, if time permits, work on the guiding questions from our 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 4). We will also continue to add to our Story Plot Chart ('Tequila Worm').

Creative Writing Time: 100 Word Challenge  Enjoy some time today to continue drafting your 100 Word Challenge: Super Hero Story. Do you have a clear beginning, middle, and an end? Are you making a point to include precise words and descriptive details? Are you carefully reviewing your spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar? Are you making sure your verb tenses are consistent and that you have employed correct and varied sentence structures? Continue to show the world your best writing! 

Homework  (1.) 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 one entry by the end of the day Friday.) (2.) Complete your 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 3), which will be due tomorrow, Friday, March 4. (3.) Continue working on your 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 4), which will be due next Friday, March 11. (4). Continue working on your 100 Word Challenge: Super Hero Story, which we will publish on tomorrow, Friday, March 4  

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