Monday, August 24, 2015

From Paintings to Poems: August 24, 2015

Focus: How can we transfer our reading strategies from paintings to poems and song lyrics?

Help yourself to a green bookmark!

Click HERE for an electronic version of the reading journal.  Make a copy of it and put it inside your Reading Boot Camp folder.

1.  Rereading the myth of Daedalus and Icarus (which you can access by clicking HERE)
  • With a partner, work through the myth of Daedalus and Icarus using your reading journal to make inferences, draw conclusions, ask questions, etc. about at least FIVE different parts of the story.
  • Try filling in the third column as well today; check out your green bookmarks to figure out which reading strategies you're using.
  • The painting you analyzed last week is called "The Fall of Icarus"; how did the background knowledge on Daedalus and Icarus help you understand something new about the painting?  What statement might this painting be making about Icarus and Daedalus?

2. Using yesterday's reading strategies to analyze each other's lyrics
  • As you listen to each song, read the lyrics and annotate them in the margins, making inferences, drawing conclusions, asking questions, and activating background knowledge.

3. Performing a physically close reading of a song that references Icarus and Daedalus; click HERE for the lyrics.

4. Small groups: Applying your new reading powers to one, new challenging Icarus and Daedalus poem, which you can access by clicking HERE. For right now, just look at the William Carlos Williams poem (we'll save the Auden one for later).


1. Using the hard copy of the reading journal given out in class today, fill in at least five rows for song lyrics linked HERE; this you will turn in tomorrow. You may also type, but please print it out before class. Please fill out all three columns on the front side of the sheet, but don't worry about the back side of the sheet.

2. Bring your independent reading book, proposal, and permission slip to class on Friday.

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