Our silent reading book is The Boy in the Striped Pajamas which, though about World War II and written by an Irish author, will discuss some of the same issues as does Remarque in All Quiet in the Western Front. Remarque is writing historical fiction as a honest look at war. What would be the motives of an Irish author? Though it uses a much lighter style, closer to a fable or fairytale, does it make the message less fearful or important?
20+ min. silent reading time in class.
1/25- begin 50 pages a week.
Test and packet due: February 25-26
We move from the great love, heroism, friendship, and government of Tristan and Isolde to one of the most realistic and frightening books on war. Quite the opposite of Tristan and Isolde, it forces the reader to look into the faces of the dying and contemplate the point of war itself. Class time: Great Books movie and study guide, Chapter 1 work cited, notes, reading and annotations. Homework: review, revise, complete any classwork. Study Literary Terms and type essay.
As we discussed with our expository essay, when we annotate we need to know what to look for in a specific class or specific type of writing. In math, look for the formulas. In history, look for names and dates, cause and effect. In English, our authors use literary tools or devices to get their point across. We have talked about several: symbolism, archetype, motif, juxtaposition, allegory and so on. If you don't know what's out there- it not only makes annotating and essay writing hard, it can make reading harder than it should be. Here is the list we will focus on this year. There will be time in class to go over terms with a group. Please get a good definition and discuss examples. (If you want to use or print it: there is a dictionary button below. There is extra space after each definition for an example or notes. Dictionaries will be available in class.) THEN- don't forget to STUDY at home. :) Everyone will take the test 2 times. Hopefully, you get a 100% each time. If not, this is your chance to better your score. Each test 100 pts.
Class time- 1/7-8
Unannounced partner quiz (LOL): sometime January 19-29
Test #1: 2/3-4
Test #2: 2/17-18
Expository Essay- How To Read
Time frame: We will work on this in class the next two weeks.
Due typed, on turnitin.com, and in class 1/21-22
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