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February 27th, 2017

posted Feb 7, 2016, 7:46 AM by Karen Klemchuk   [ updated Feb 24, 2017, 1:12 PM ]

We are well more than halfway through our novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor and the conflicts run deep. This multi-layered novel offers us the chance to study so many important literary elements: theme, symbolism, character analysis, mood, tone, and  figurative language, to name a few. Although we are good readers, we are becoming more analytic readers by digging deep into the text to go beyond literal comprehension.

We will be devoting a great deal of our time to our novel this week. Please look for updated and added homework assignments besides those that are currently on the calendar. They may change depending on how fast we travel through our novel this week. Our students have so many important questions and want to discuss the compelling issues in our novel, it sometimes makes us modify our plans. That's ok - these are teachable moments full of students' thoughts and inquiry that deserve the time spent.

Students are also writing an Argument Paper based on a reoccurring conflict - do people have the right to defend themselves or seek revenge for something done to them by others? Students are addressing this topic and finding evidence to support their claim.

Here is a link to our graphic organizer as they work on their paper: