Friday, November 18, 2016

Missing Cats and Silent Heroes in 'Any Small Goodness'

Discover what happens to the family cat Huitlacoche in today's chapter "Corn Fungus" 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 "American Names"  Before we begin today's reading let's briefly revisit the first chapter of Any Small Goodness "American Names." Look over the assignment Any Small Goodness - American Names (Ch. 1). What do we know about the character Arturo? What is he like? Is he the kind of person you thought he would be initially after previewing the text? Discuss with your partner and be prepared to share your ideas with the whole class.

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 "American Names" 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: "Corn Fungus"  Today we will continue our reading of Any Small Goodness by reading the second chapter "Corn Fungus" together. As we read we will stop periodically to discuss and analyze the text. You will also be using the document Any Small Goodness - Corn Fungus (Ch. 2), located in your Language Arts Google Classroomto reflect on and respond to this chapter. 

Homework  Complete the assignment Any Small Goodness - Corn Fungus (Ch.2), which will be due Tuesday, November 22

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