"A Monster Calls," by Patrick Ness
- we believed in them
- they were used as warnings and teachings
- they are entertaining
- they give us a tangible way to cope with fears or problems
- Different times call for different monsters: cold war - alien invasion stories, currently zombies - global warming or biological warfare fears
- From the book trailer: "the monster wants the truth" means the monster was there to help Conor face something (book trailer observation)
- From the movie trailer: "The invisible man calls for a monster" meant that Conor needs the monster to be seen again.
While we read the novel, we will be actively reading the exposition of the novel by recording our observations about when and where the monster shows up. See below:
- According to Read Write Think, Authors develop characters by:
- Clear Headline
- Interesting Hook
- Words that improve authenticity
- Purposeful Font size and shape
- Informative Image
- What is a memoir?
- What makes a memoir interesting?
Students pulled out events with vivid details and lessons learned using the chart below:
Steps to using a Telling Board:
- Sketch big moments & Caption what's happening
- Use criteria to make improvements (show your reader your experience by including vivid sensory details)
- ADD DETAILS - labels, speech bubbles, narrator box
- Tell your story & Listen to your peer's Stars and Stairs
- FIX your story: ADD Lessons include the KEY WORDS(important to overcome obstacles)
- Tell again and type.
- SELF-assess with rubric
Now that we're finished the Provincial Achievement Test, we are continuing to read "A Monster Calls". Students are focusing on the understanding the main character, Conor.
We are using a CSI strategy to think about Conor's character. See exemplar below:
Students discuss ideas that are important, interesting, insightful from a chunk of reading and then use a colour, symbol, and image to represent their understanding of Conor's character.
See our class example below:
We realized it was important to explain our choice and to prove why it was a good choice by pulling out evidence from the text.
We are analyzing the "tales" the monster tells Conor by completing an Analogy Organizer. See our first analysis below: