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Theme:“ Recitatif :”English. Focus Lessons 10.10-10.14. Monday: Warm-Up!: 10/19. What is the TONE or feeling of this photograph? What is the SUBJECT or who/what of this photograph? What do you think the MAIN IDEA of this photograph is?. Draw with me….

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theme recitatif english

Theme:“Recitatif:”English

Focus Lessons 10.10-10.14

monday warm up 10 19
Monday: Warm-Up!: 10/19

What is the TONE or feeling of this photograph?

What is the SUBJECT or who/what of this photograph?

What do you think the MAIN IDEA of this photograph is?

draw with me
Draw with me…

This is your text. A text is whatever you are reading.

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Plot

  • The sequence of events
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Tone

  • The mood or attitude in a text
  • The feeling a reader should have when reading
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PLOT

TONE

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Subject

  • What the text is about
    • The GIST of it: Who, What, When, Where, Why
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PLOT

SUBJECT

TONE

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Theme

  • The big idea about life and human nature that the writer is trying to get across
  • Most themes are not told directly in the text
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THEME

PLOT

SUBJECT

TONE

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But how do we find the theme if the author doesn’t say it directly?

  • The author wants you to think about it!
  • Here are some big clues…
    • Think about the title
    • Look for important statements made about big ideas
    • Think about the ways characters change throughout the story and lessons they learn
let s practice
Let’s Practice!
  • http://www.pixar.com/shorts/bdn/tale.html
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwcfZC7wJJY
written by toni morrison
Written by Toni Morrison

Born 1931

Famous for writing African-American Literature

Known for writing using epic themes

Has won the Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize for literature

Has won almost every award for book-writing possible

overview
Overview

“Recitatif” tells the story of two young girls who share a room in an

orphanage for a few months in the 1950s. As they grow up, move to neighboring

towns, marry, and have children, the girls (now women) meet

unexpectedly several times. Near the end of the story, they take opposing

sides in a protest about busing students to distant schools to promote racial

integration. Although Toni Morrison tells us that one girl is white and the

other is black, she is not clear about which is which.

overview1
Overview
  • “Recitatif”
  • A musical term for “in-between” talking and singing during an opera
    • Written in five acts over the course of the girls’ lives
  • From the Latin root, recite
    • To repeat from memory
overview of 1960 s
Overview of 1960’s
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSlvw-vEsEI&feature=related
tuesday warm up 10 11
Tuesday: Warm-Up! 10/11

Subject?

Tone?

Theme?

let s practice1
Let’s Practice!
  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheodorSeussGeisel?blend=21&ob=5#p/a/u/2/dZmZzGxGpSs
recitatif clarifying 203 211
“Recitatif:” Clarifying 203-211
  • Who is the Bozo?
  • Who is Maggie?
      • What do we know about Maggie?
  • Why are Roberta and Twyla in St. Bonny’s orphanage?
    • What are their mothers like?
initial predictions
Initial Predictions

Roberta

Twyla

Race?

Why?

Race?

Why?

jimi hendrix
Jimi Hendrix

Musician

Gained fame shortly before his death in 1970

Remembered as one of the most influential musicians of his era

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h2ywNdG45I

read recitatif acts ii and iii 211 219
Read“Recitatif:” Acts II and III211-219
  • Be sure to begin identifying
    • Plot elements; setting, rising action
    • Tone
    • Subject (Gist)
wednesday warm up 10 12
Wednesday: Warm-Up: 10/12
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xg3vE8Ie_E&ob=av2e
  • Watch this music video to determine…
  • Plot?
  • Tone?
  • Subject?
  • Theme?
papa who wakes up tired in the dark by sandra cisneros
“Papa Who Wakes up Tired in the Dark” by Sandra Cisneros
  • Use our the visual on the back to identify the theme
  • Justify your answer by underlining the parts of text that supports the theme
use these clues to guide you as you search for the theme
Use these clues to guide you as you search for the theme
  • Think about the title
  • Look for important statements made about big ideas
  • Think about the ways characters change throughout the story and lessons they learn
recitatif clarifying acts ii iii
“Recitatif:” Clarifying Acts II & III
  • What is Twyla’s life like in Act III?
    • Where does she live?
    • What is her family like?
    • How would you describe her financial status?
  • Roberta’s?
  • What does Roberta remind Twyla about from the orphanage?
continuing predictions
Continuing Predictions

Roberta

Twyla

Race?

Why?

Race?

Why?

recitatif read act iv 219 225
“Recitatif:” Read Act IV: 219-225
  • Be sure to finish identifying
    • Plot elements; setting, rising action
    • Tone
    • Subject (GIST)
a smart cookie by sandra cisneros
“A Smart Cookie” by Sandra Cisneros
  • Identify the theme in this vignette
  • Justify your answer by citing an example from the text and explaining it
use these clues to guide you as you search for the theme1
Use these clues to guide you as you search for the theme…
  • Think about the title
  • Look for important statements made about big ideas
  • Think about the ways characters change throughout the story and lessons they learn
recitatif clarifying act iv
“Recitatif:” Clarifying Act IV
  • How do Twyla and Roberta run into each other again?
  • What does Roberta tell Twyla about Maggie?
  • Why did Twyla make a picketing sign?
continuing predictions1
Continuing Predictions

Roberta

Twyla

Race?

Why?

Race?

Why?

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Recitatif

  • A musical term for “in-between” talking and singing during an opera
  • From the Latin root, recite
    • To repeat from memory
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Think about the title

  • Look for important statements made about big ideas
  • Think about the ways characters change throughout the story and lessons they learn
concluding thoughts
Concluding Thoughts

Roberta

Twyla

Race?

Why?

Race?

Why?

group discussion
Group Discussion
  • Take a vote! What do you think?
  • Why do you think Morrison never tells us which girl is white and which is black?