Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Gradebook has been updated!

Reading Quizzes from To Kill a Mockingbird have been entered into the gradebook. 
Any work that was submitted late is NOT entered. 
Grades are not entirely up to date, but quizzes are a good indicator of current standing in the material. What I see from the current grades is that you all need to settle in and read the book!

Next assignments:
Character Development Assignment
Plot Assignment
Theme Essay

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thinking about Theme November 17 2014

Today students began thinking about themes in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird as this is what the essay will be about for this unit. Students could choose from either of the prompts listed below. This is not a formal writing assignment, but a way for students to begin thinking about theme and prepare for the essay assignment that will be shared with them soon. 

Prompt 1
There are various themes present in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. How do you think a person can learn life lessons from a novel? Give some examples of themes that relate to real life and either you can apply those lessons to your life, or you can imagine this in other circumstances.


Prompt 2

Choose a theme from To Kill a Mockingbird and share how that theme relates to real life. Find some examples in the novel that support that theme.

yikes! sorry!

I know I have gotten a bit behind on the blog as we were reading the novel. At this point all students should have completed reading To Kill a Mockingbird. Over the next few weeks before final exams students will complete the following:

1. A Character Assignment
2. A Plot Assignment
3. An essay regarding theme in the novel. 

Students will be working largely on their own on these assignments as there will be choice in how they are accomplished. This is liberating for some students and extremely difficult on others. Students will need to use their time wisely to accomplish the goals of the assignments in a timely manner and be prepared for final exams. 

The final exam is a cumulative exam on the target standards of the English 1A course. We have studied Short Stories, Nonfiction, and a Novel over the course of the semester working on the topics of Plot Development, Character Development, and Theme.