Per 6 Short Stories

In the next few weeks, we will be reading four short stories. We will be working on our annotating skills, crafting reading responses that demonstrate our understanding of the text, discussion skills, and understanding of theme. Below, you will find readings and handouts.

Essential Questions

  • In what ways do our experiences shape our identities?
  • To whom do we have responsibility: ourselves; our family; our community; our society; or humanity?
  • How do we remain authentic to ourselves while managing the expectations of others?

What you should be able to do as a result of this unit:

  • Demonstrate an exceptional ability to annotate by utilizing all types of margin notes
  • Articulate an understanding of the text as a whole, using examples from the text to support your understanding
  • Understand “theme” and identify a theme in a piece of literature
  • Discuss and support ideas about a character’s change
  • Identify literary elements, such as figurative metaphor, simile, and allusion, and discuss an author’s purpose in using literary elements

Final Assignment

Literary analysis essay about one of the short stories

Texts
“The Dungeon Master” by Sam Lipsyte
“A&P” by John Updike
“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” by Joyce Carol Oates

Tues 9/12
Reflecting on Writing and “Student-ing”
Overview of unit and essential questions

Quickwrite: choose one of the essential questions above and respond
How to watch a video

HW:  How and what to annotate for, using “A&P” Annotate full story
*Be sure to take notes and do the assignment stated in the video

Wed 9/13
QW: When was a time in your life that you quit or felt like quitting something? What were the reasons? How did you feel?

With your group:

Read through your assigned page a 2nd time and add to your annotations
Working with your group, highlight what you noticed your second read through.

  • Unlocking meaning
  • Making connections
  • Asking questions & responses
  • Author’s Craft

HW: Take notes on the following

Thurs 9/14
Theme of A&P

Q1 Book Talks and Assignment

  • Choosing a book for Q1
  • First Journal entry

HW: reading first 15 pages of Q1 book

Fri 9/15
Drop

Mon 9/18
QW: Write about a time you felt like an outsider. Describe the situation, the other people, setting, and your emotional state at the time.

During the course of the story, the narrator undergoes a transformation.  What evidence best supports the notion that the character changes?  What is the nature of that change, and what are the key catalysts for this change?

Reading and annotating “The Dungeon Master” to the break in page 7

  • What is the narrator like in the beginning?
  • Find and analyze three quotes to support
  • What is the Dungeon Master like in the beginning?
  • Find and anlayze three quotes to support

HW:  finish reading and annotating “The Dungeon Master.”  Use the questions below to help guide your thinking

  • How does the narrator and Dungeon Master develop? Who are they in the middle?  Who are they at the end?
  • Where are there moments of change?
  • What are the catalysts for change?

Tues 9/19

Overview of the response

  • Statement about change
  • 3 pieces of evidence
  • Analyzing evidence

Transformation of a character outline

  • During the course of this story both the narrator undergoes a transformation. What new understanding does each character’s experience help him to reach? What are the key catalysts for this change?
  • Who is this character in the beginning?

HW: Reading The Pied Piper of Hamelin  and answering the following questions in your journal:

  • When the mayor and others first meet the Pied Piper, how is he described?
  • How does the Pied Piper smile when the Mayor says he’ll pay 50,000 guilders to rid the town of the rats? What do you think about the Pied Piper based on the description of his smile?
  • What does the Pied Piper do to take his revenge on the town for not paying?
  • What does the lame boy left behind say about how he feels about the situation?
    What is the “moral” of the story?Finish reviewing Character Change

Wed 9/20
Dungeon Master RTL (in class timed response 15 min)

Overview of Metaphor, Simile, and Allusion

Summarizing Fairy Tales

  • 3 Little Pigs
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Pied Piper

What is a theme in the story?  Analyze how Oates uses literary elements such as metaphor, imagery, motif, and/or symbolism to effectively develop that theme?

  • Identifying patterns of similes
    • What do the similes lead you to understand about Arnold?
  • Discussing the relationships found with the similes used

HW:  Reading and annotating to the bottom of page 7 and bring Q1 books

Thurs 9/21
No School

Fri 9/22
What is a theme in the story?  Analyze how Oates uses literary elements such as metaphor, imagery, motif, and/or symbolism to effectively develop that theme?

  • Identifying patterns of similes
    • What do the similes lead you to understand about Arnold?
  • Discussing the relationships found with the similes used

HW:  finish reading and annotating “Where are you going…”

Mon 9/25
Socratic Seminar on “Where Are You…”

HW:  Response on theme and author’s craft.  Bring Q1 books.

What is the theme of the short story? How does Oates use literary elements such as allusion, metaphor, imagery, motif, and/or symbolism to effectively develop the theme of the story?

  • Thesis should contain literary element & statement about theme
  • Use quotes from the text to show how theme is developed

Tues 9/26

Sophomore Reading Benchmark Prep

HW: Reading Q1 books for at least 15 minutes

Wed 9/27
Drop

Thurs 9/28
Sophomore Reading Benchmark

HW: Reading Q1 book for at least 15 minutes

Fri 9/29
Sophomore Reading Benchmark

HW: Reading Q1 book for at least 15 minutes and Journal Entry #2

Mon 10/2
Overview of revision expectations

    • See assignment on google classroom

Revision time in class and revision due Wed at 2.05

Tues 10/3
Reading Q1 Books

Revising the personal essay

HW: Revising the personal essay due Wed @2.05

Wed 10/4
Overview of Essay Assignment

Reading and Writing Goals for the Semester

HW:  Taking notes on video Types Of Lit Essays & choose story you want to write about. A good way to choose is the one you think you have the most to say about or which one you found to be the most complex.

Thurs 10/5
Reviewing the single line of inquiry and tension-based essays

Working on topic sentences & thesis

HW: Essay steps that should be completed so far for tomorrow’s class

  • Notes on types of lit essays, thesis, and TS
  • Working thesis submission
Fri 10/6

Finding effective evidence and analyzing

HW: Thesis Essay Checklist – What you should have completed for tomorrow’s class

  • Short story & topic selection
  • Thesis statement video & thesis
  • Topic sentence video & topic sentences
  • Evidence for body topics 1 & 2

Mon 10/9

In class work day
Evidence for Body 3
Outlining the Intro and conclusion<

HW:  Drafting

Thesis Essay Checklist – What you should have completed for tomorrow’s class

  • Short story & topic selection
  • Topic sentence video & topic sentences
  • Evidence for body topics 1, 2, & 3
  • Thesis statement video & thesis submission
  • Drafting

Tues 10/10
Drafting day

Bring in a printed copy your draft for tomorrow’s class *Draft must have thesis and three body paragraphs

Wed 10/11
Peer review-What does effective feedback look like?

HW:  keep drafting!  Essay due at 2.05 tomorrow.