Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Building Background Knowledge for A Long Way Gone: November 10, 2015

Focus: What background knowledge do we need to build to read A Long Way Gone?

1. Warming up with the return of an old friend: www.noredink.com
  • Conquering an ACT favorite foe: Parallel structure
2. Transitioning from The Kite Runner to A Long Way Gone by revising our semester focus points:

From the class syllabus:

“Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now...and so we'll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he's not a hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector...a dark knight.”  --The Dark Knight
Semester Focus:
Are heroes extraordinary or ordinary?  Where is the line between a “dark” hero and a villain?  What kind of journey do all heroes (and many villains) share, and why does it matter to you?

Reflection: Now that you have finished reading and writing about The Kite Runner, what are your thoughts on the quotation and questions above? See if you can bring KR into your thinking.

Prediction: Look at the image on the front of the book. Now look at the image on the back of the book. Read the description. How do you think this book, A Long Way Gone, will relate to the quotation and/or questions above? How do you think it will relate to The Kite Runner?

3. Building background knowledge for  A Long Way Gone with a focused webquest (and there are some serious incentives, kids)

As you work on your webquests, please have out the following:
  • Your student IDs (so I can check books out to you)
  • Your Kite Runner books (so I can see your sticky notes or so I can collect your book)
  • Your handwritten Kite Runner journals (if you handwrote yours)

1. Finish the first half of your webquest tonight if you did not finish in class today.

2. The www.noredink.com assignment, "Parallel Structure," is due Thursday. Open-note quiz on Friday.

3. If your Kite Runner annotations are handwritten (sticky notes or journals), and you did not have them in class today, please bring them tomorrow and hand them in before class starts. You may also turn in your book tomorrow if you did not have it with you today.

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