This week we are focusing on reading short stories and learning about plot elements and plot lines. You will do this instead of working from Challenger, Phenomena, and Eureka textbooks. We will make a plot line together for To Build a Fire, and then you will listen to and/or read a short story from the site http://www.manythings.org/voa/stories online. Your will print the story and make a plot line to show and explain to the class next week, on Monday or Tuesday, October 17 or 18. Be prepared to go either day.
Monday, Oct 9: *Plot line introduction. Review To Build a Fire (http://www.manythings.org/voa/stories) and make a plot line together. Take notes, as needed. *No Speed Reading today. * Vocabulary--the abbreviations for the states; these are listed on the file titled "Lesson 3-envelop-salutation.docx" * Look at the "plot vocabulary file" that contains the vocabulary for a quiz on Thursday and for your work on the plot line. Homework: Memorize the abbreviations for the states for the test on Thursday. Study and memorize the plot line vocabulary list for this test on ThursdayWork on your plot line after reading or listening to the story or fable of your choice.
Tuesday, Oct 10 Choose your short story (or fable) from those listed below or from the website where we found To Build a Fire, http://www.manythings.org/voa/stories. Read it and take notes so that you know the action in sequence. Determine what the five parts of the plot line are and then make a legible plot line, illustrating as you like.
Homework: *Memorize the abbreviations for the 50 states--your word list for the test on Thursday. *Study and memorize the plot line vocabulary list for this test on Thursday.
Wednesday, Oct 11 In Class and Homework: Complete your plot line. Work on memorizing your list of state abbreviations and plot line vocabulary for the tests tomorrow. if you are done with these things, continue where you left off in the Challenger, Phenomena, or Eureka textbooks and correct your work/discuss with the instructor. You may also look for a book to read for Sustained Reading on Friday.
Thursday, Oct 12 Two Tests: State Abbreviations and Plot line Vocabulary. When tests are completed, you can work from textbooks and correct your work. Homework: *Bring book, magazine, or newspaper to class for sustained reading. Find something you will enjoy. *Continue work on your plot line and be ready to present on Monday.
Friday, Oct 13 Sustained reading in class. Get form from instructor, and allow yourself enough time to do a complete review of the magazine, newspaper, or book you read. Homework: Continue work on your plot line and be ready to present on Monday.
(Next week: Plot line presentations and visual literacy--tables, graphs, maps.)