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 "Piano Lessons" Before we begin today's reading let's briefly revisit the fourth chapter of Any Small Goodness, "The Coach." Look over the assignment Any Small Goodness - Piano Lessons (Ch. 4) 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 "Piano Lessons" 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: "The River" Today we will continue our reading of Any Small Goodness by reading the fifth chapter "The River" (pgs. 64 - 77) together. As we read we will stop periodically to discuss and analyze the text. You will also be using the document Any Small Goodness - The River (Ch. 5), which is located in your Language Arts Google Classroom, to 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 - The River (Ch. 5), which is due next Friday, December 9. (2.) Continue working on the story 100 Word Challenge: Five Words, which will be published tomorrow, Friday, December 2. (3.) Complete the assignments Any Small Goodness - The Coach (Ch. 3), Any Small Goodness - Piano Lessons (Ch. 4), all of which will be due tomorrow, Friday, December 2.