Post date: Nov 14, 2017 12:48:48 PM
The October unit, “Identifying Bias”, was a huge success. The students studied the traits of opinionated writing, such as emotive language, supported/unsupported opinions, and respectful voice. After learning about these characteristics, the students read articles on a hot topic, screen time and teenagers. Using those articles as a basis for study, the students analyzed the writing for bias, discussed in a Socratic Seminar, and wrote their thoughts in an organized, evidence-based paragraph.
Now that the students have completed this nonfiction reading, they are beginning to learn reading strategies for fiction. To start with, we are studying “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe and utilizing the “signposts” that authors leave for the reader, specifically repetition of language and changing characters. We will continue to read short stories for most of November.