Thursday, August 29, 2013

August 29, 2013: What's Happening in English 10?

Focus: How can great questions get us to great answers when we're reading tricky texts?

Reading strategy #3: Ask great questions

1. Warm-up: Asking the important questions from your metacognitives (and giving them answers)

2. Forming the "Bigger Picture" for both poems

a. Picking out the most important words on the board: In a word, this poem is about...

For example: In a word, this poem is about falling.

b. Looking at these words, form a full statement about each poem: On a deeper level, this poem is about...

For example: On a deeper level, this poem is about the world's indifference to tragedy.

3. Partners: Trying out "great questions" with last night's story, "The Yellow Wallpaper"; silent blog musings

1. Finish reading "The Yellow Wallpaper"; as you annotate, keep asking great questions, but try also to answer some of your own questions so that you can start to establish this story's bigger picture.

2. Bring your independent reading book and permission slip to class tomorrow.

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