October 5 9 Contemp Lit

October 5-9

Monday, October 5

11.7.3.3 Write narratives and other creative texts to develop real or imagined
experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well structured event sequences.

11.4.5.5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

  • Free Write:
    • In “Prey” how does Matheson generate suspense using:
      • Character
      • Setting
      • Descriptive language
      • Vivd Verbs
    • What fears did you find?

* In “Witch Wars” how does Matheson use setting and character to exploit the reader’s fears?

  • Discuss your responses with a partner and then we will discuss as a group.
  • Vocab packets — discuss review procedure on Thursday and holistic grading
  • 2 sentence horror stories!
    • Read through the example on the power point and then work with a partner to write your own. When you have a story you feel is sufficiently creepy, write it out with color and decoration on a clean sheet of copy paper. We will decorate the board with these (and take down our 6-word memoirs).
  • With the time that is left, read tomorrow's assignment: pages 13-33 of I Am Legend.

Formative Assessment: class discussion and 2 sentence horror stories.

Tuesday, October 6

11.4.5.5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

  • Free Write:

On page 32 of I Am Legend, Matheson writes:
“But are his needs any more shocking than the needs of other animals and men? Are his deeds more outrageous than the deeds of the parent who drained the spirit from his child? The vampire may foster quickened heartbeats and levitated hair. But is he worse than the parent who gave to society a neurotic child who became a politician? Is he worse than the manufacturer who set up belated foundations with the money he made by handing bombs and guns to suicidal nationalists? …is the vampire so bad?

  • Respond to the quote. Do you agree? Disagree?
  • Why is the vampire so bad?
  • Is Neville’s reasoning sound or faulty?
  • Why do we fear one, but not the others?
  • Quiz #1 on I Am Legend
  • Discussion Questions:
    • What hints do we have that show Neville may be losing his grip on sanity?
    • What hints do we get that Neville feels quilty for killing the vampires in their sleep?
    • In your group, come up with one good, open-ended, higher-level question to pose to the class.
  • Work time for vocab packets and reading… for tomorrow: read pages 34-47 in I Am Legend, write two double-entry journal entries on the reading so far and 2 open-ended, higher level questions for discussion.

Wednesday, October 7

Thursday, October 8

Friday, October 9

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.

  • Vocab packet 3 due
  • Vocab 3 test
  • Free Write:
    • Contrast Neville’s reaction to the death of Virginia to his reaction to the death of Kathy. Why might he feel and behave differently?
    • Virginia is the first in the family to fall ill and yet Kathy dies before her. What does this suggest about the pathology of the illness?
  • Groups present Quote Sandwich paragraph to class
  • Discussion of chapter 9
  • For Monday read…. There is likely to be a quiz.

formative assessment: presentation of quote sandwich paragraphs

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