Root Word Section in your comp book. BIO. QW: Should a bear be killed for attacking a camper in his/her tent?. Root Word Pre-Test. Doesn’t count against your grade ! Helps you know which root words to study
What is the text mostly about?
Nearly everything in the text relates to…
Main Idea / Theme
Theme - FICTION (made up)
Reveals A lesson or message
about how the world works
Sometimes we think a
Supporting Detail is
the Main Idea
To test if it’s a supporting detail, ask…
Does this bit of information
add to my understanding of a BIGGER TOPIC?
If it does, it’s a Supporting Detail
“divert [their] thoughts and clear [their] thinking” ?
Born w/ mental retardation
Annotate your thoughts
To change your path or change your mind
Diction (D) = precise word choice
Read the Participation Rubric.
Be ready to write at the end of class: What is the best quality you offer a partner?
Diction (D) = strong, precise word choice (3-4)
Symbolism (Symb) = a thing or person symbolizes (represents) something else (3)
e.g., a red rose is a symbol for love
Author’s Purpose (AP) =why the author wrote it (2-3)
Theme (Th.) = moral or lesson humans can learn (1-2)
Irony (IR) = something that is the opposite of what it seems like it would be (1-2)
Theme = ______________________ Auth Purpose = ______________________________
Fill out your Participation Rubric.
Write in complete sentences on the back: What is the best quality you offer a partner?
The best quality I offer a partner would have to be my unrelenting focus. If my partner or someone near us, threatens to pull us off task, by talking about something personal, for example, I will reliably draw us right back to the work we're supposed to be doing. I'll usually point to wherever we left off and ask a question like, "So, what did we decide to annotate right here in the story?" If that doesn't work, I go ahead and annotate it and ask my partner to see if it looks correct, giving that person a specific task that will, hopefully, focus my partner's attention back on our work.
R = Restate the question
A = Answer it
P = Prove my answer with evidence or an example
T = Thoroughly explain how my proof proves my point
At the end of the story, in the white space, write …
Then write what you believe the author’s purpose was for writing this story, and what the theme (moral or life lesson) is in this story.
SD – planning a murder
At the end of the story, in the white space, write …
1. A.P. =
Write a statement of what you believe the author’s purpose was for writing this story. What is he trying to tell us about the human world and nature?
Write a short Theme Statement.
What theme (moral or life lesson) can we humans learn from this story?
3. Irony = What is ironic that happens in the story? (opposite of what you think should happen)
Write margin notes all over!
1. "decided not to grow up tame" like the others who
2. "lay their necks on the threshold"
3. "waiting for the ball and chain."
Beautiful & Cruel story. by Sandra Cisneros (from The House on Mango Street)
I am an ugly daughter. I am the one nobody comes for.
Nenny says she won't wait her whole life for a husband to come and get her, that Minerva's sister left her mother's house by having a baby, but she doesn't want to go that way either. She wants things all her own, to pick and choose. Nenny has pretty eyes and it's easy to talk that way if you are pretty.
My mother says when I get older my dusty hair will settle and my blouse will learn to stay clean, but I have decided not to grow up tame like the others who lay their necks on the threshold waiting for the ball and chain.
In the movies there is always one with red red lips who is beautiful and cruel. She is the one who drives the men crazy and laughs them all away. Her power is her own. She will not give it away.
I have begun my own quiet war. Simple. Sure. I am one who leaves the table like a man, without putting back the chair or picking up the plate.
Write margin notes all over the story!
Bums in the Attic story. by Sandra Cisneros (from The House on Mango Street)
I want a house on a hill like the ones with the gardens where Papa works. We go on Sundays, Papa's day off. I used to go. I don't anymore. You don't like to go out with us, Papa says. Getting too old? Getting too stuck-up, says Nenny. I don't tell them I am ashamed—all of us staring out the window like the hungry. I am tired of looking at what we can't have. When we win the lottery . . . Mama begins, and then I stop listening.
People who live on hills sleep so close to the stars they forget those of us who live too much on earth. They don't look down at all except to be content to live on hills. They have nothing to do with last week's garbage or fear of rats. Night comes. Nothing wakes them but the wind.
One day I'll own my own house, but I won't forget who I am or where I came from. Passing bums will ask, Can I come in? I'll offer them the attic, ask them to stay, because I know how it is to be without a house.
Some days after dinner, guests and I will sit in front of a fire. Floorboards will squeak upstairs. The attic grumble.
Rats? they'll ask.
Bums, I'll say, and I'll be happy.
RAPT story. Writing Practice
Whenever you speak or write, assume your audience doesn’t have a clue what you are talking/writing about.
R If you don’t restate the question somewhere in your response, your audience will spend most of their time trying to figure out what you’re talking/writing about.
AIf you don’t answer in detail, they will only get a superficial (fluffy) idea of what you’re thinking.
P If you don’t use an example or evidence, they will think you don’t really have any proof to back up your idea.
TIf you don’t thoroughlyexplain your proof, they will wonder whether it really proves what you’re saying or whether you just threw something out there hoping it will help prove your point.