Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Loving and Helping Each Other in 'Any Small Goodness'

What is the significance of the words "Love each other. Help Each other"? Find out in today's chapter "Piano Lessons" of Any Small Goodness.
 Today's Focus Question    How can we determine the theme or a central idea of a text through an examination of a story's characters?

Reflecting on "The Coach"  Before we begin today's reading let's briefly revisit the third chapter of Any Small Goodness, "The Coach." Look over the assignment Any Small Goodness - The Coach (Ch. 3) and review the questions. 

Now let's take another look at the document Any Small Goodness - Prepare to Read and Character Map. Who is the character from the chapter "The Coach" who influences Arturo the most? What lesson does he learn from this person? Might this lesson be a part of the puzzle to ultimately determining the theme of the entire novel?  

Guided Reading of Any Small Goodness: "Piano Lessons"  Today we will continue our reading of Any Small Goodness by reading the fourth chapter "Piano Lessons" together. As we read we will stop periodically to discuss and analyze the text. You will also be using the document Any Small Goodness - Piano Lessons (Ch. 4), which is located in your Language Arts Google Classroomto reflect on and respond to this chapter. 

Homework  (1.) Read for at least 30 minutes at home each school night. (2.) Continue working on the assignment Any Small Goodness - Piano Lessons (Ch. 4), which is due Friday, December 2. (2.) Continue working on the story 100 Word Challenge: Five Words, which will be published on Friday, December 2. (3.) Complete the assignment Any Small Goodness - The Coach (Ch. 3), which is also due Friday, December 2.