Today we are going to begin to write a mystery story. To do this you must first pre-plan all the action. In a way, you will need to “reverse engineer” the story by working backwards from the end. This allows you to plant all the necessary clues so youur story can grow over time and lead the reader on an adventure.
To start our planning we observed the two documents linked below and worked with them together as a class. We first brainstormed to practice using them and then worked inividually on our own stories.
Today students are studying a short story by Ray Bradbury called “A Sound of Thunder”. We read the short story and observed some vocabulary and questions related to the story. Then we watched the classic television production of this story as represented in “Ray Bradbury Theatre”.
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 are talking about how to find setting in literature. Setting is a literary element/tool that authors use to invoke emotion and set a tone for their characters and their story. We are going to be building a foldable by following the video below.
We have been discussing how to find symbols in literature when reading our book The Hobbit. 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.
Your assignments is written in the picture below. There is also a sample of this assignment below that.
Here is a picture of an example that was done when studying The Giver by Lois Lowry
Today we studied a classic short story by Ray Bradbury called “The Veldt” which begs to question the impact of technology on people’s lives, and more importantly, where does imagination end and reality begin? Click the links below to read the original published story, get the assignment, and watch the television presentation of “The Veldt”
Today we are going out and visiting other Edublogger classrooms around the world. Click on the link below to find new classrooms of students that have been online just like you. Be sure to leave comments on blogs that you have read to let them know they have been read.
Be sure to also share a link from your blog and/or our class blog home page to invite them to come interact with our own blogs.