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Posted: December 13, 2011

Unit 7 Section 7.4Page 420Questions 4, 5, 6

Posted: December 9, 2011

Unit 7Section 7.3Page 411Questions: 3, 4, 5, 6The Unit test will be next week.

Posted: December 7, 2011

Unit 7Section 7.2Pages 399-401Questions: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10

Posted: December 7, 2011

Response #11: Word Choice- Location Stories can contain a great character, a great location, and a great plot. But all those can be lost with the use of words that simply will not work! The best words to use in any kind of writing are precise and creative.. It is important to consider how the author of your book is using words to describe characters, locations, or actions and how they help to create a specific impression. In this response, consider the words used to describe any location and explain what made that description the best in your book  reflecting on the choice of words used to describe it. Defend your opinion using specific quotes from your book.

Posted: December 7, 2011

Response #10: Word Choice Character Stories can contain  a great character, a great location, and a great plot. But all those can be lost with the use of words that simply will not work! The best words to use in any kind of writing are precise and creative.. It is important to consider how the author of your book is using words to describe characters, locations, or actions and how they help to create a specific impression. In this response, consider the words used to describe any your character and explain what type of character they are reflecting on the choice of words used to describe them. Defend your opinion using specific quotes from your book.

Posted: December 6, 2011

Unit 7Section 7.1Page 388-389Questions 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Posted: November 29, 2011

Response #9: Setting Changes Choose one of the following and explain what changes it would make in your story if: a)     the setting were changed to 100 years in the future or the past. b)    the setting were changed to another place ( country, planet, etc) In your response consider whether the change of setting would change the plot, the type of conflict, the way characters behave, dress, or interact with each other or adults. For example, if your book is about bullying in the present time they may refer to texts or facebook. Thirty years ago it would have been phone calls and notes. One hundred years ago it would have been face to face or notes on a slate. The time changes how the conflict is expressed.

Posted: November 29, 2011

Unit 3Practice TestPage 162-163Questions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Posted: November 28, 2011

Unit 3Section 3.9Page 155Questions 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 THE FINAL UNIT QUIZ WILL BE ON THURSDAY.

Posted: November 25, 2011

Stuednts are asked to expand their memoir outline using details as explained in class, Use the models provided in class for examples of memoirs whose details are very strong. Be sure to use pen and double space your expanded version. These will be collected on Tuesday.

Posted: November 25, 2011

Response #8: Setting The four purposes for setting in literature are to use the setting as a mood, to use it as an antagonist, to set a historical background, and to use it as symbolism. Authors use the setting to create the mood of the story in an effort to make stories more believable. For example, in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, it makes much more sense for a faun, dwarf, and queen to appear in the mystical land of Narnia than in the wardrobe or even the old house itself:    " 'This is the land of Narnia,' said the Faun, 'where we are now; all that lies between the lamppost and the great castle of Cair Paravel on the eastern sea. And you - you have come from the wild woods of the west?'"(Lewis, 44) The setting can also be used as an antagonist in the plot throughout the story. A good example of this is the character-vs-setting plot in Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. The setting of the story is mainly in the wilderness following the crash of the small plane that Brian is travelling on. Brian has to fight to survive the experience of being plunged into an environment where he had few of the skills necessary to survive. The use of setting as a historical background is extremely important in non-fiction or fictional stories. The description of language, dress, and lifestyle must all be accurate in order to differentiate between the setting being described and everyday life setting. For example, Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn is written in the days before the civil war. Twain's use of southern dialect and his description of the way of life, including slavery, accurately depict life in the south before the war changed society. The setting of the story can also be used as a symbol. As noted in the text, the garden door in Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden is symbolic. The rejuvenated garden symbolizes the healing of the  relationships throughout the story. Another example is in A. A. Milne's Winnie-The-Pooh:"Winnie-the-Pooh lived in a forest all by himself, and Christopher Robin lived behind a green door in another part of the wood.” ( 3) The green door could symbolize the real world where Christopher Robin lives with his stuffed bear, Edward Bear. On the other side of the door is the imaginary wood where Winnie-The-Pooh and all of his friends live. Setting describes where, when, and the context in which a story takes place. It is the backdrop for all stories. The setting of Beauty and the Beast, for example, would be France. The setting of The Great Gatsby is the 20's, and the setting of Flags of our Fathers would be the middle of a war. It is the where when and how, essentially.Prompt: In your response, explain why the setting of your story is appropriate to the plot and characters of the story. Consider the following important aspects of setting in your response and as well as the information given in the notes above. Is the description of the setting strong enough to place the reader inside of the story? If the story were to take place in a different time period would  the events in the story make sense? Does the setting help make the story believable or unbelievable? If your story could still make sense in any setting explain why this is true showing understanding of the purpose of setting in your response. (It may help to consider if your story could be told successfully in a different setting---this may provide insight into why the author chose a particular time or place.)  

Posted: November 25, 2011

Response 7:  Making Predictions Making predictions is an important part of reading. Strong readers use this technique almost unconsciously… it is a useful skill in both fiction and non-fiction reading. Using one of the books you have finished or a book that you are almost finished. Did the book end the way you thought it would? Explain why or why not? What clues did the author give you that helped you to predict what would happen next? Did you think these clues were important as you were reading or did they only make sense once you were done the story?

Posted: November 25, 2011

Section 3.9Page 155Question 4, 5, 6, 7 Unit Test will be on Wednesday November 30

Posted: November 22, 2011

Unit 3 Section 3.7Pages 145-14612, 13, 14, 16, 17

Posted: November 21, 2011

Unit 3 Section 3.7 Page 145 Questions: 4, 5, 8

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