May 12

May 12/16 B5 Short Story Options – Choose One

For this next section, you’ll have the choice between reading one of two short stories. They both focus on a character faced with a decision, but it’s a decision that’s based on Values.

“The Michelle I Know” is a story about a young girl battling an illness in the hospital. She’s scared her boyfriend will find someone else to spend time with and is befriended by another patient.

“Just Lather, That’s All is a story about a young man whose community is disrupted by a war. The leader of the opposition group enters his store for a shave and the young man must decide whether to take this opportunity or let it pass.

Pick one of the stories and complete the following steps:

  1. Check your GoogleDrive or Gmail for a document shared with you that includes both stories. 
    1. Once you open it in Google Docs, you’ll be able to highlight a portion of the text you want to respond to or make an observation of and add a comment that includes your observation/analysis.
  2. As you read through the story, watch for the following qualities of the text and identify any 20 as a comment.
    1. Make a connection to yourself
    2. Make a judgement – what do you think about… ?
    3. Make a connection to the world or society
    4. Share what you visualize
    5. Identify a single phrase or sentence that is significant for some reason to you and explain the reasoning
    6. Share what puzzles you
    7. Clarify something
    8. Identify something that you feel is irrelevant or relevant
    9. Identify something that you feel is irrelevant or relevant
    10. Summarize what’s happening
    11. Ask a question about something related to the plot
    12. Ask a question about something related to the plot
    13. Identify something unique about the writing
    14. Identify what is motivating characters right now
    15. Identify what is motivating characters right now
    16. Make a connection to another text you know of (story, movie, tv show)
    17. Identify an example of inference (what is hinted at that the reader needs to read-between-the-lines to understand)
    18. Identify an example of inference (what is hinted at that the reader needs to read-between-the-lines to understand)
    19. Share what puzzles you near the highest point of tension; what is unclear to you for the moment
    20. Clarify something relevant to the falling action or resolution
    21. Make a prediction
    22. Make a prediction
    23. Make a prediction
  3. Let me know when you’ve completed these comments/observations in your document.

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Posted May 12, 2016 by Waldner in category ELA B10

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