October 12 16 Contemp Lit

October 12-16

Monday, October 12

Benchmarks:
11.4.1.1. Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Activities:

  • (10 minutes) Free write:
    • Why do you think the inside of the library seems so much more lonely to Neville than the world outside?
    • Are there any actions of Neville's that you disagree with? What do you think he should do differently?
  • (20 minutes) In small groups, discuss: So far (through chapter 13), what seems to be the greatest threat to Neville?
    • Identify four different types of conflicts present in the plot of this book (man vs. __)
    • Find an instance or a quote the exemplifies that type of conflict.
    • Are these conflicts equal in weight, or is there one central conflict at work in this text?
    • Which conflict is the greatest threat to Neville? Why do you think so?
    • If you had to weigh fear vs. hope in Book 1, which is stronger? What about Book 2 so far?
    • Choose one of your discussion questions to pose to the large class.
  • (30 minutes) Bring your answers to a large group discussion.
  • (30 minutes) start reading tomorrow's assignment: chapters 14-16, pages 110-132, with 2 double-entry journal entries.

Assessment:

  • Small and large group discussion
  • Free write

Tuesday, October 13

Benchmarks:
11.7.9.9 Draw evidence from literary texts to support analysis and reflection.

11.4.3.3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama
Activities:

  • (10 minutes) Free Write:
    • What symbolic reason might Matheson have for the dog dying?
    • In what way is Neville's search for a cure futile?
    • Why is he doing it?
  • (20 minutes) Discuss what is happening in chapters 14-16. Any questions?
  • (60 minutes) Start viewing The Island

Assessment:

  • Discussion
  • Free write

Wednesday, October 14 — Lumberjack schedule

Benchmarks:
11.7.9.9 Draw evidence from literary texts to support analysis and reflection.

11.4.3.3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama

Activities:

  • Finish viewing The Island and discuss as time allows
  • Hand out essay assignment
  • Collect Notebooks

Assessment:

  • discussion
  • notebooks — check free writes

Thursday, October 15

NO SCHOOL — MEA

Friday, October 16

NO SCHOOL — MEA


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