Thursday, September 29, 2016

Analyzing Character and Writing Short Narratives


Analyzing Characters in 'Dear Future'  Today we are going to continue working with 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. Finally, 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). 


In order to reflect on what James's attitude is at various points in the story we are going to participate in a jigsaw activity. The class will be divided into three groups. One group will analyze James's attitude at the beginning of the story, the second group will examine James during the middle of the story, and the third group will take on the task of looking how James's attitude has has changed by the end of the story. Each group will record their reflections on their respective Padlet wall (At the beginning of the story, In the middle of the story, and At the end of the story). Afterwards, will share out our work with the other groups and work together to answer the question: What causes James's attitude to change?  

The Analyzing Character ("Dear Future") assignment can also be found in your Language Arts Google Classroom(This assignment is due tomorrow, Friday, September 30.)


Writing Time: 100 Word Challenge  If time permits today, you may work on your 100 Word Challenge: Five Words story. As you begin to craft your story, make sure to consider the following questions: Does your story flow naturally from beginning to end? Do you use descriptive words and sensory details? Do you skillfully incorporate dialogue? Do you carefully review your spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar? Do you make sure your verb tenses are consistent and that you have employed correct and varied sentence structures? Please make sure your piece of writing is good as it can be. We are publishing tomorrow! 

Homework  (1.) Read for at least 30 minutes at home each school night. (2.) Complete your 100 Word Challenge: Five Words story, which will be published tomorrow, Friday, September 30. (3.) Complete the assignments Making Inferences ("Dear Future") and Analyzing Character ("Dear Future") by tomorrow, Friday, September 30