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October 23, 2017

posted Sep 29, 2016, 8:43 AM by Karen Klemchuk   [ updated Oct 22, 2017, 12:19 PM ]

Through the wonderful and classic short story, "Thank You, M'am" by Langston Hughes, we continue to study the elements of fiction: characters, setting, plot, conflict, and theme. This story has quite a lot to say about social values and second chances. We will digging deeper into characterization, making inferences and even projecting into the future as we watch how a character can change given the chance.

Besides reading, we have also been tapping into our descriptive and creative side by responding to writing prompts about a fictional place called "Moe's Cafe". Moe's is a somewhat run-down diner, and the rest of what Moe's is like comes from our imagination: the menu, what Moe the owner and Blanche the waitress look like, and descriptions of what the atmosphere and food.A little Elvis and Chuck Berry music have inspired, too.

We are beginning our Personal Narrative, a story about one moment in our lives. Personal Narratives challenge us to use our best story writing techniques: first person voice, dialogue, description, detail, organization and an engaging introduction and "drop the mic" ending.

As usual, please check the Homework Calendar for any assignments due, and make sure our students are reading every night!