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DUE NOVEMBER 19 by 7:30 a.m. We've been talking about foreshadowing and mood as we've read "The Monkey's Paw." We looked for clues that might be foreshadowing, and we've made predictions. We've also looked at the words the author chose to help create a mood. Now it's time to apply these skills to the book you're reading. (If you are reading non-fiction and having trouble identifying foreshadowing or mood, please see me.) Choose either foreshadowing or mood. For foreshadowing, look for sentences or passages that might be giving you hints about what's coming, and make some predictions. Or, if you are far enough in your book, go back and find foreshadowing and tell at what it was hinting.  For mood, share some of the author's word choices and tell us what mood you believe the author was trying to create.
Posted by winesjm  On Nov 08, 2018 at 4:55 PM 4 Comments
  
DUE MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, by 7:30 a.m. Since we talked  about the plot diagram for our National Day of Writing project (and we'll be talking about it more next week), let's apply some of its elements to the books we are reading. Choose either exposition or initiating event. How has the author either built background for the story or initiated the conflict. NOTE: Even non-fiction books will have to provide some context for the story at the beginning. 
Posted by winesjm  On Oct 22, 2018 at 9:00 AM 18 Comments
  
DUE MONDAY, OCTOBER 22,by 7:30 a.m. Since we are peer editing this week, let's apply those skills to the book you are reading. Refer to the Peer Editing handout you received in class, or look under "Files" on my web page. Pick one of the steps on the list and apply it to one or two paragraphs in your book. Be sure to identify the step you are using and to make clear, specific comments.  
Posted by winesjm  On Oct 15, 2018 at 5:02 PM 13 Comments
  
DUE OCTOBER 15  by 7:30 a.m.    If a character in your book had to choose one of our narrative essay prompts, which one would he/she choose. Explain why he/she would choose this prompt. Prompts: Random Act of Kindness              Do over              Why me?              A life event that left vivid memories
Posted by winesjm  On Oct 09, 2018 at 10:42 AM 11 Comments
  
DUE MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, by 7:30 a.m. This week we'll be talking about narrative essays. Since most fiction stories are narratives, talk about the author's word choices in telling the story. Find a sentence (or two or three) where the author does a really good job of creating a picture in the reader's mind. Share that sentence (or two or three) and explain why you chose it. If you are reading non-fiction, you should still be able to find examples of interesting word choices. For example, when I read a book about WWII, some of the descriptions of battles were almost too graphic for me. I had to try not to picture in my head what the author is describing!
Posted by winesjm  On Oct 01, 2018 at 7:53 AM 10 Comments
  
DUE MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, by 7:30 a.m. We've spent a lot of time in class discussing internal text structures. If you are reading a work of fiction, the internal text structure is most likely chronological order; stories are told with a beginning, a middle, and an end. Here is your challenge: take a small part of your story and retell it using a different internal text structure. Try telling the story using cause and effect, process, compare/contrast, or one of the other text structures in your notes. Be creative! If you are reading a work of non-fiction, your challenge is the same. Identify the text structure of your book, and rewrite a small part using a different text structure.
Posted by winesjm  On Sep 24, 2018 at 4:18 PM 14 Comments
  
DUE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, by 7:30 a.m. We haven't talked too much about setting yet, but the setting of a story can greatly affect the direction of the plot. Describe the setting of the book you are reading. Why did the author choose to place the characters in this setting? How does the setting affect (or how will the setting affect) the action of the story? If you are reading non-fiction, is there a setting that you can describe? If not, explain why not.
Posted by winesjm  On Sep 17, 2018 at 3:43 PM 14 Comments
  
DUE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 BY 7:30 a.m. We've talked about the Point of View in which the story is told and how the POV affects the story. For example, in "Playing the Game," the author's choice of first person helped us connect with Drew. In what point of view is the book you are reading told: first, third limited, or third omniscient? Why do you think the author chose this point of view? What effect does the POV have on the story? If possible, give examples from the book to support your answer. 
Posted by winesjm  On Sep 11, 2018 at 1:15 PM 14 Comments
  
DUE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, BY 7:30 a.m. What book are you reading? We will be talking about character motivation and dynamic vs. static characters. Choose a character from the book you are reading. Describe an action of that character, and discuss his/her motivation. Why do you think the character behaves the way he/she does? Also, can you tell if the character is static or dynamic? If so, explain why. If not, make a prediction: will this character end up being static or dynamic? Explain your prediction.
Posted by winesjm  On Sep 04, 2018 at 7:28 AM 16 Comments
  
WELCOME! I'm looking forward to hearing all of your comments and reflections on what you are independently reading. Please see Files and Documents for the directions and requirements for blogging.
Posted by winesjm  On Aug 24, 2018 at 7:58 AM