1. Warming up by revisiting your initial brainstorming on the title. Here are the original questions I posed:
- Have you ever felt a long way gone?
- What do you think it means to be a long way gone?
- Thinking about the front and back of this book, what are the possible multiple meanings of being a long way gone for Ishmael Beah?
2. Taking the next steps:
Look at your specialized focus and start trying to establish some larger patterns. Write a thesis-like statement establishing the patterns you're noticing.
For example, yesterday you noticed that music tended to offer Ishmael a literal escape, a metaphorical escape, and a connection to his home and his former self.
Lastly, try to connect those patterns to the title, A Long Way Gone.
For example, I might say that Ishmael's music was nearly taken from him in Chapter 10. With each person that treats him with distrust, Ishmael grows a long way gone from his former life and his very humanity.
3. Entering Fishbowl #3: Chapters 9 and 10
4. Trying out "Connecting Clauses" on www.noredink.com
1. Read Chapter 11 tonight with 2-3 annotations by tomorrow (Wednesday).
2. Finish "Connecting Clauses, Take 1" in www.noredink.com by Thursday; open-note quiz Friday.