We had to use some of class time today to go for the H1N1 shots, but returned to continue reading Chapter 24.
Students will be missing both Monday and Tuesday’s class, for CWEX and a field trip, but are asked to read and answer the questions for Chapters 24, 25, 26.
We’ll be finishing the novel soon and they’ll begin the process of writing their Dynamic Characters essay. They’ve been taking notes and finding examples of internal growth and new understanding for the characters of Scout and Jem, so writing their essay should be rather simple.
Now that we have finished reading the novel and discussed some of the themes found in it, we are going to compare and contrast the plot and themes of it to the movie The Village. It has so many similarities, but still have quite original storylines. Specifically, we are going to look for evidence of the following points:
The conflict between the ideas of the young and old.
How both societies live by “fear of change”.
Both societies protect their borders from attacks from “the others”.
Some members of the group are “different”.
Both groups have an explanation for why bad things happen.
The patriarchal leaders (the two most influencial men) are similar yet different.
We were interupted by having to go down for our H1N1 shots. We’ll continue on Monday.
We have finished reading the novel and are going to spend some time analyzing it now. We studied and broke down the meaning of a song called “The Crown of Creation” by Jefferson Airplane that was written in response to the novel.
Then we studied a handout that listed several themes present in the novel. As a class, we filled in the boxes of the handout that asked for an explanation for how that theme existed in the novel, and listed a specific reference to support it. Some of the newer themes students may not have encountered before were ones like “man’s inhumanity towards man” or “hypocrisy”. We’ll review them again before they have to write their Chrysalids exam.
We took a few minutes, though, to watch a movie trailer some English students made for the novel. It’s pretty accurate and definitely follows events of the book, but it’s hillarious to watch. Check it out.
We got into reading several chapters together last Friday and students were to have finished some reading over the weekend, so today we spent some time discussing the questions for those chapters, Ch 19-21.
The majority of students are away today with their Career and Work Exploration. I wasn’t in the classroom at the end of class on Friday to assign any homework for them to be responsible for completing by Tuesday’s class. Instead of continuing to read, without the missing students being aware of what they’re missing, we will continue watching the movie. The missing students can borrow the video if they want.