Monday, February 6th

Today in class, we started off with our second session of the literary analysis unit. This mini-lesson focused on growing big ideas from details about characters. It encouraged us to use our inferencing skills and think deeply about why the author created such a unique character. We referred back to the mentor text, Raymond’s Run.

The following information should be added to the fresh pages in your writer’s notebooks mini-lesson section. (Put one on each page)

HOW TO WRITE A LITERARY ESSAY ABOUT CHARACTER

  • Re-read selected bits.
  • Notice details, think, talk, write to explore: “Why this detail?”

THOUGHT PROMPTS THAT HELP AN ESSAYIST THINK AND WRITE

  • Maybe the author included this because…
  • On the other hand, perhaps…
  • Or it could be that…
  • I wonder if…

Then, we had our first round of February Fishbowls. It is always great to hear the group asking deeper questions and having such great discussions about all different genres of books. If you were an active Fishbowl participant or not, you had the chance to do some uninterrupted SSR.

HW:

  • Fishbowl Group #2: Written explanation and wiki review (Don’t forget changed section!)
  • Read!
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