We have been discussing how to find symbols in literature when reading our book The Giver. Students are asked to draw pictures of objects that come up in the book and follow the steps below to declare what they may be a symbol of.
You are to respond to the questions below within your duotang for The Giver. Remember that these are critical thinking responses and should include detail that shows sufficient deep consideration of the content of the novel. See the reubric below for a reference of the expectations.
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Today we are going to talk about Symbolism and Allegory. Soon we will be starting a class novel study on “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. To prepare ourselves; today we will be studying symbolism and allegory. See the powerpoint below.
Students are to listen carefully during the lesson and then complete the tasks on the final two slides for submission no later than 9 am tomorrow.
Some students have asked about online reading and if it can be included in their reading journals. The answer, of course, is “yes, but”. Yes, but it needs to follow a formula to be legitimate. Below you will see an example shown in class.
If a student is say, reading online fan fiction on a site such as Wattpad they can apply a formula to tabulate how many “pages” they have read. But first, the student needs to establish their reading rate. To do this, look at the example below. In this example Suzy read for 30 in one sitting and found that she was reading 25 pages in that 30 min. block of time. So she follows the steps below…
Take the amount of pages you read divided by the time it took to read them.
In this case that is 25/30
Then take the quotient as your reading rate.
In this case the number was 0.83…
This means that Suzy reads about 0.83 pages per min.
Then take the amount of time you were reading on Wattpad
Let’s say Suzy reads for 40 min on Wattpad tonight
Take the time you read times your reading rate.
In this case Suzy then takes 40 X 0.83 = 33.2
This means Suzy read the equivalent of 33.2 pages online tonight (or 33 pages)
Now record that in your reading journal
However, reading novels and other actual “books” MUST be the key focus in your reading journal. Your goal is to read 20 books this year. Also, please note that online reading such as Facebook, Snapchat etc. is not “reading time” as it much of it is scrolling, looking at pictures, and does not relate to the focus of reading and understanding literature. “Reading time” is time spent sitting with fiction or non-fiction books, focusing on the craft of written language.
Today we discussed symbols in literature. For an example we took the Grinch who stole Christmas movie because many of the students have seen it. The first picture shows five objects from the story. Then we recorded where and when in the story those objects came into play. we then underlined the actions in each of those sentences. Then we recorded the reactions of characters to those events in the story. Once we had all this done students made a statement for each object. The statement is based on the reactions of the characters in that object is used. For example, if you look at the Grinch Christmas tree in the picture below you may say that the Christmas tree maybe a symbol of love and togetherness in the story.
Students are assigned to take five objects from The Hobbit and to draw each of them in the different colour. Then they are too right where and when the objects are in the story, underline the actions, record the emotional reactions of the characters in the story. and finally, make a statement for each object saying what they may be a symbol of.
Here is a video of this type of lesson if you have any additional questions.