"The Outsiders"Focus Question: How does background influence who we are? Students researched the setting and time period for the novel, "The Outsiders" by choosing a topic and asking questions. See our findings below:
Next, we read chapter 1 and examined each character in the chapter. See our quick reference sheets below:
We are currently reading the novel and recording our ideas in our Character Analysis Flip books. Chapter 2 we focused on Social Structures: We drew and explained symbols for each group: Soc's, Greasers, and HoodsWe completed a Venn diagram comparing the Soc's to Greasers
Chapter 3 - 6 We have been using a sticky note strategy to identify WATO (Words, Actions, Thoughts and Opinions of Others) that shows our character's personality We have also discussed how to identify flashback and why they are used: Helps us understand Johnny's background We talked about how suspense is built through description in chapter 4 -5: We used a draw, label, …
"A Monster Calls," by Patrick NessFocus Questions:What monsters haunt us? What might we learn from characters in stories to help us deal with our personal monsters? Before Reading the novel, students needed to know what a Yew Tree is so we read 2 articles to find out. See Below: Students examined the two opposing points of view using a tug of war thinking strategy. We read each article and identified 3 tugs that make the following claim true and false. CLAIM: Natural remedies are better for people than scientifically engineered ones.
Next, we answered a few questions about monsters using Lynda Barry's "What it is". See image below:
We thought: There were so many monsters in old stories because... we believed in themthey were used as warnings and teachingsthey are entertaining We need monsters because... they give us a tangible way to cope with fears or problems TRUE, where ever there are people, you will find stories of monsters... Different times call for differen…