Book Club Notes:

Students in each class are "Mining Resources" and producing artifacts so that groups can use the artifacts to create the big questions for the blog that will be the catalyst for rich discussions.

For Homework each group flags from one of these four perspectives:

  • Show examples of discrimination
  • Show examples of racism
  • Major Moments or Events
  • Examples of character relationships and how the characters change over time

In Class students

  • discuss their flags and then post their finding after coming to consensus with the group (regarding accuracy, relevance) the purpose of this posting is for students to create a resource for other students to use when answering the hight order questions)
  • Class shares out either by groups clicking on other groups wiki posts or in a large group setting spokes person can share for group.
  • Each group develops questions to post on blog and comes to consensus as to which question to post.
  • By the end of the week, blog questions are posted and students reply to posts.

Common Core: Key Ideas and Details

  • RL.7.1. Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
  • RL.7.2. Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
  • RL.7.3. Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).

Monday: Mini Lesson on Question Development...deeper, broader,

Questions: Don't write a question you know the answer with more than one right answer.

Major Events: aka the "so what factor"

  • impacts many people
  • changes perspective of characters
  • Why does it matter?

Character Development:

Character Map:

Why did the white kids laugh at little man when he got his clothes dirty?
Why did little man and Cassie want to get revenge?
What cause them to want revenge?
(know the answer to that question).
Henry: Starting a fire makes more fires...

Was it worth it to get revenge on the white people?

Is it worth it to get revenge?

Formalist Questions: Questioning Author's Choice

How might the story have been different if told with multiple lenses (white person's point of view)
Does the narrator's bias hinder what the reader receives?
Is there a reason why the reader is only getting one side?

CALENDAR: See Home Page