--Take out your homework assignment (PRACTICE located in the "Common Error: Missing comma[s] with a nonrestrictive element" document) and scan back through your work. We will begin class today by going over this assignment.
S. the C. (5-8 mins.)
Review -- "Missing comma(s) with a nonrestrictive element" (5-8 mins.)
--homework answers shared
Transition -- pick up the quiz from the front table (1 min.)
Assessment -- "QUIZ--Restrictive elements/Non-restrictive elements" (8-10 mins.)
--complete the quiz quietly and independently
--When you finish with the quiz, place your work in the black basket on the front table and begin preparing for discussion.
Transition (3-5 mins.)
--Take out your copy of Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. Spend a few minutes reviewing your purposeful Post-its completed in preparation for class two blocks ago. What can you contribute to today’s discussion?
- For example, as an individual tasked to analyze theme in the beginning of the novella, I might share the following information:
- I noticed that Paulo Coelho starts off with a Prologue retelling the story of Narcissus. I know that this myth typically ends with Narcissus drowning due to his obsession with his own beauty, but in Coelho’s retelling, the following text exists in the conclusion on page x: “‘I weep for Narcissus, but I never noticed that Narcissus was beautiful. I weep because, each time he knelt beside my banks, I could see, in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty reflected.’” I am wondering what Coelho is up to beginning the novella with this “twisted” retelling. Is this the emergence of “selfishness” as a theme? Is this meant to suggest that not only is Narcissus, well, narcissistic, but so is the lake and, therefore, all of nature, humanity, existence, etc.? However, the sentence following the one I just shared says, “‘What a lovely story,’ the alchemist thought.” Why is a story perhaps about “selfishness,” a quality that typically connotes negatively, thought of as “lovely” by the title character? Will Coelho convey some sort of big idea about selfishness as a positive quality? I must attempt to track this throughout the novella!
- Emily B., Clarissa H., and Sara O.
- Danielle B., Billy H., and Casey P.
- Josh B., Sarah H., and Riley S.
- Nick C., Claudia K., and Michelle T.
- Madi D., Franz L., and Hannah T.
- Skyler E., Ronald L., and Nick V.
- Donald F., Conor M., and Audrey W.
--draw connections between Foster's "list of 18" and the beginning of Coelho's novel/closely read the beginning of The Alchemist
--The due date for submitting a revised Thematic Writing Assignment--Partner Interviews essay for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio is November 17th (approximately 2.5 weeks from today)--YOU MUST schedule a meeting with me to go over your revisions; simply handing in the revisions is unacceptable as per the protocol. When time permits, meetings can/will occur during class time.
--Expect an assessment of your knowledge and understanding regarding the exposition of Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist soon. Consider the concepts that we have discussed in our circles/small-group discussions. What are some logical questions/prompts that I could use for assessment purposes?
--Bring your vocabulary book next time just in case we need it. Please do not forget!
--Try to carve out some time between now and next class to read your free reading book for at least 15 minutes. ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS.
--Enjoy the weekend—you only get so many of ‘em!
- hand out end-of-unit writing assignment (clarity in terms of where we’re headed)