Tuesday, February 7th

Today in class, we completed our third session of the literary analysis unit. This mini-lesson focused on writing to discover what a character really wants– in other words, what MOTIVATES the character to act a certain way. We referred back to the mentor text, Raymond’s Run. 

Check out the Literary Analysis folder for the Google Doc “Session 3…” to make a copy and follow directions.

The following information should be added to your already-created anchor charts in your writer’s notebooks

HOW TO WRITE A LITERARY ESSAY ABOUT CHARACTER

  • Re-read selected bits.
  • Notice details, think, talk, write to explore: “Why this detail?”
  • Think, “What does the character REALLY want?”
    • Think about the deep down, internal motivations.

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…
  • This is important because…
  • For example…
  • The reason for this is…

We then shifted back to our whole-class novel and read Chapter 2 of Watson’s Go to Birmingham. You were encouraged to pay attention to these dynamic characters’ actions and what might motivate this character, just as we discussed in the writing session.

HW:

  • Finish “Your Notes about Discovering…” and submit
  • Fishbowl Group #2: Written explanation and wiki review (Don’t forget changed section!)
  • Read!
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