We are continuing to think about Island of the Blue Dolphins this week. We will be reading chapters 8 and 9 together on Monday. I will also model how to write post-its that are about the important stuff.
FYI: DO NOT READ AHEAD!
We practiced our first response to literature last week. This is not something easy to learn and I think everyone worked hard at this assignment.
We are going to write another response this week.
This time, we are going to write about another big choice Karana made in chapter 9. We are going to write about the reasons she made her decision.
Last week we brainstormed together and then everyone needed to use the notes to then write their own response. We had super awesome discussions while we took notes. The actual hard part was taking the ideas and turning them into your own, original essay. I will model how to do this with a new question on Tuesday. We will have a chance to ask questions etc.
To clarify, your response to literature must be written like a paragraph. It is not written like a list. It should be structured like:
1. First sentence says your point/opinion
2. Second sentence states your first reason. It should include a transition word.
3. Next should be about 4 or 5 sentences that give convincing details.
4. Next sentence states for second reason. It should include a transition word.
5. Next should be about 4 or 5 sentences that give convincing details.
It is very important to be organized. It can't look like a random list of ideas.
We will still do the notes together on Tuesday. I posted a sample of how last week's question looks like as notes. Then a second sample of how last week's question is written as an actual essay.
To make it easier, we will meet in FOUR groups on THURSDAY.
Group 1 - Meet at 9:00
Abby, Adam, Akshath, Anna, Arnav, Atharva, Audrey, Charlie
Group 2 - Meet at 9:30
Chloe, Ellee, Ira, Jeevish, Jeremy, Jovi, Kanato, Keira
Group 3- Meet at 1:00
Kevin, Leo, Louis, Max, Pranavi, Sahasra, Samyuktha, Sidd,
Group 4: Meet at 1:30
Siddharth, Simrita, Sorpana, Summer, Tejas, Vishrudh, Zainab A, Zainab N
You should do your writing on a Google Doc. Start a new document and DO NOT write it on paper.
Name/save it: Name Making Weapons
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. PLEASE NAME YOUR GOOGLE DOC EXACTLY LIKE I HAVE ASKED.
DUE ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25.
We will be reading Island of the Blue Dolphins together after lunch each school day.
It's important to have access to the book to reference for assignments.
You may choose to download a digital copy or order a book online.
HOWEVER, you may choose to use the link below that is the pdf version of the book.
IF YOU USE THE PDF, YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT IT. STUDENTS NEED TO BE ABLE TO ADD POST-ITS AND HIGHLIGHT TEXT.
Please compare the notes above to the actual essay below.
Do you notice that the ideas have been turned into sentences? And the sentences are not an exact copy of the jot dots above.
Also, do you notice that it is not written with titles for your main points? The big idea and the 2 reasons above have been actually changed into sentences and they are not posted like titles.
Please also notice that the transitions for reason sentence 1 and 2 have been underlined just so you notice them. Don't actually underline them.