Next trimester’s Book Talk genre is historical fiction. According to ReadWriteThink.org (and manyothersources), historical fiction is written to portray a time period or convey information about a specific time period or an historical event. Usually the event or time period is about 30 years in the past. So, if you want to read a book set during the Civil Rights Movement (mid-1950s to late 1960s), it needs to have been written sometime after 1985.
History is long, so there are multitude of magnificent books in this genre. It might be difficult to pick just one!
Check out the links below for tons of suggestions:
To prepare for our discussion tomorrow, please watch the animated version of “The Highwayman” below. When you have finished, answer the three questions beneath the video in your Literature/LA notebook. As usual, you need to write in complete sentences.
Make sure to include examples from the story that support your opinions and inferences!
L.O. I can analyze the impact of using animation to tell the story of “The Highwayman”
S.L.E. Think critically and solve problems
Questions for tomorrow’s discussion
How do the illustrations add to the meaning or mood (feeling) of the poem?
Why do you think the artist chose this style of art (flowing, dreamy, less defined) rather than more precise images?
Is there anything you would have changed about this vision of the poem? What would you do differently and why?
Remember to answer in complete sentences and include specific examples from the animation that support your ideas.
You did it! You finished To Kill A Mockingbird! Hooray! Now it’s time to figure out why we read it…
Your job tonight is to email me three themes from To Kill A Mockingbird. (If you can’t remember how to find and write a theme, review your notes from last year or check out the steps at the end of this post.)
You have already completed step one (read the book) and you worked on step two (write a big list of topics from the book) in class today. Check out the list below:
Big List of Topics in To Kill A Mockingbird
Coming of age
Loss of innocence
Now you just need to select three or more topics and write what the author believes about them, based on the story. Remember, ground themes, e.g. “The author believes that racism is bad,” will not be accepted.
Make sure to email me your three theme sentences by 7:30am, Wednesday, December 19, 2018.
Let me know if you have any questions!
How to Find and Write a Theme
Consume source material (e.g. read a book or watch a movie)
Write a big list of topics from the source material (like the big list from earlier in this post)
Pick one or two topics from the list and write what the author believes about it/them based on the source material (e.g. The author believes that racism destroys communities from within)
Remove “The author believes that” and capitalize the new first letter of the sentence (e.g Racism destroys communities from within)
Gaze at the glory that is your well written theme!
Make sure you have text evidence from the source material that proves your theme is strong.
Tonight you are writing one stoplight paragraph explaining the strongest Gothic Literature element in “The Tell-Tale Heart.” You need to include:
your analysis of the text (what you believe the strongest element is)
text evidence that supports your analysis (quotes from “The Tell-Tale Heart” that prove your point)
your interpretation of your text evidence (explanation of how your evidence supports your analysis)
Sound familiar? You’re right, we did practice this in class multiple times with “The Black Cat.” You are old pros at this by now!
You can download a copy of “The Tell-Tale Heart” here, or you can look online for your own. You will absolutely need to use the text for your assignment tonight (how else will you get direct quotes that support your analysis?), so find the one that suits you best!
Today in class, you expressed an interest to dig deeper into the cultural context surrounding To Kill a Mockingbird, particularly the expression and impact of violence and intimidation.
Be advised that the following links cover difficult and disturbing topics. If you have any questions or concerns, please check in with your parents and me!
If you are interested, check out the Equal Justice Initiative project, Lynching in America. You can also check out the digitized collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (the amazing new Smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C.). Scroll through the topics listed or search for something in particular. It will show you all the objects they have digitized (images, videos, illustrations, historical artifacts, etc.) related to that topic. Please share anything you find that you think would benefit the class.
Thank you for your thoughtful focus and engagement in class this week. Enjoy the extra long weekend!