Monday, December 12, 2016

The Good and the Holy in 'Any Small Goodness'

It's Nochebuena, the night before Christmas, and Any Small Goodness is coming to a close.

 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 "Green Needle Gang"  Before we begin today's reading let's briefly revisit the chapter "The Green Needle Gang" of Any Small Goodness. Look over the assignment Any Small Goodness - The Green Needle Gang (Ch. 8)Do you think Arturo has been listening to his father? Give details to support your answer.

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 Green Needle Gang" who is the most influential? What lesson does this character teach us? Might this lesson be a part of the puzzle to ultimately determining the theme of the entire novel?  

Guided Reading of Any Small Goodness: "Christmas Presents"  Today we conclude our reading of Any Small Goodness by reading the final chapter "Christmas Presents" together. As we read we will stop periodically to discuss and analyze the text. You will also be using the document Any Small Goodness - Christmas Presents (Ch. 9), 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.) Complete the assignment Any Small Goodness - Christmas Presents (Ch.9), which is due Friday, December 16.

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