Monday, December 9, 2013

December 9, 2013: What's Happening in English 10?

Focus: Is Ishmael a hero?


If you missed Friday's vocabulary test, you need to make it up by this Wednesday at the latest.

Also, if you did not have your annotations on Friday, you may use a late pass (if you have one) to show me your annotations today or tomorrow.

1. Warm-up: Thinking about Ishmael as a potential hero...

"A hero is a man who does what he can."
--Romain Rolland, Nobel Prize winner

Step 1: Type/copy the quotation above into your notes on Ishmael Beah's interviews. Then spend about five minutes brainstorming what you think it means. Feel free to ask questions, make connections to heroes from books/films/history, make inferences, etc.

Step 2: Apply this quotation to A Long Way Gone. Does Ishmael fit this description of a hero? Why or why not? Please bring at least one good quotation from the book or from one of his interviews to support your thinking.

2. Discussing the ending of A Long Way Gone: The final fishbowl

1st Hour Fishbowl
3rd Hour Fishbowl
6th Hour Fishbowl

3. Wrapping up all of our discussions: The most important take-away from reading A Long Way Gone is... (please post your response on today's fishbowl blog).

Finalize your topic for the final project; bring your green packet to class tomorrow.

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