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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

PLOT: Making a Foldable



Objective:  To identify elements of plot when reading fiction.

Do Now

Draw and label the plot diagram.



Class Activity

Plot Diagram Booklet



Add: Initiating Event and Moment of Final Suspense on your plot diagram!




Booklet Directions
1.  Cover: Draw and label Plot diagram, TITLE FOR BOOKLET is 5 Elements of a Story by ______
2.  Define Exposition COMPLETELY
3.  Define Rising Action COMPLETELY
4.  Define Climax COMPLETELY
5.  Define Falling Action COMPLETELY
6.  Deine Resolution with all Synonyms Conclusion and Denouement COMPLETELY
7.  Define Plot:  A sequence of events in a story
8.  Paste information onto page 8

Story Pyramid: Analyzing Stories

Words You Need to Know

Conflict: a problem that occurs in the story
Setting: time and place where the story occurs
Tragedy: a story ending in death and sadness

Analyze: to look at something very closely.
Most stories have the following parts: exposition (inciting incident), rising action, climax (turning point), falling action, and denouement (resolution).  This pyramid is used to show how stories move; it is a graphic plot chart. Sometimes a story can be more complicated than this pyramid, but most stories fit perfectly into the pyramid.

Let’s look at each part of the pyramid…

Exposition (inciting incident): The exposition is like the set-up of the story.  The background information that is needed to understand the story is provided, such as the main character, the setting, the basic conflict, and so forth.

The exposition ends with the inciting moment, which is the one incident in the story without which there would be no story. The inciting moment sets the rest of the story in motion.
Rising Action: Rising action is a series of events and actions that move the story to a climax.  During rising action, the basic conflict is complicated by secondary conflicts (obstacles and challenges that frustrate the main character’s attempt to reach their goal).
Climax (turning point): The climax is the turning point in the story.  After the climax everything changes.  In most stories, things will have gone badly for the main character up to this point; after the climax, things will begin to go well for him or her.  However, if the story is a tragedy, the opposite will happen after the climax: things that have been going good for the main character begin to go bad.
Falling Action:  During the falling action, the conflict unravels with the main character either winning or losing. The falling action might contain a moment of final suspense, during which the final outcome of the conflict is in doubt. 

Denouement: The story ends with the denouement, also called the resolution.  In most stories, the denouement has the main character in a better position than at the beginning of the story. However, tragedies end with death and sadness, in which the main character is worse off than at the beginning of the story.

Start Scribbling!
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of the Written Word!

Syllabus Link: HERE


Don't Forget To Be Awesome!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I am an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience; I currently teach English in the public school system of Virginia. In my spare time, I am an avid reader. writer, reviewer, blogger, writing/art journaler, beekeeper, grad student, and MOTHER. - See more: Here


Monday, September 19, 2016

Plot: Future of Storytelling


DO NOW

What Makes A GOOD STORY?


Image Credit:  The Future of Storytelling
Which of the following emotions best describes how you feel after hearing Ben's story?

A.  Distress
B.  Empathy
C.  Both Distress and Empathy

Don't know what distress means: click here
Don't know what empathy means: click here

Watch the videos before answering:


"Stories are powerful because they transport us into other people’s worlds but, in doing that, they change the way our brains work and potentially change our brain chemistry — and that’s what it means to be a social creature."
Include in your answer why?  Your answer must be written in complete sentences.  A minimum of five sentences is required.  Start Scribbling!


Story Pyramid: Analyzing Stories
Words You Need to Know

Conflict: a problem that occurs in the story
Setting: time and place where the story occurs
Tragedy: a story ending in death and sadness
Analyze: to look at something very closely.
Most stories have the following parts: exposition (inciting incident), rising action, climax (turning point), falling action, and denouement (resolution).  This pyramid is used to show how stories move; it is a graphic plot chart. Sometimes a story can be more complicated than this pyramid, but most stories fit perfectly into the pyramid.

Let’s look at each part of the pyramid…

Exposition (inciting incident): The exposition is like the set-up of the story.  The background information that is needed to understand the story is provided, such as the main character, the setting, the basic conflict, and so forth.

The exposition ends with the inciting moment, which is the one incident in the story without which there would be no story. The inciting moment sets the rest of the story in motion.
Rising Action: Rising action is a series of events and actions that move the story to a climax.  During rising action, the basic conflict is complicated by secondary conflicts (obstacles and challenges that frustrate the main character’s attempt to reach their goal).
Climax (turning point): The climax is the turning point in the story.  After the climax everything changes.  In most stories, things will have gone badly for the main character up to this point; after the climax, things will begin to go well for him or her.  However, if the story is a tragedy, the opposite will happen after the climax: things that have been going good for the main character begin to go bad.
Falling Action:  During the falling action, the conflict unravels with the main character either winning or losing. The falling action might contain a moment of final suspense, during which the final outcome of the conflict is in doubt. 

Denouement: The story ends with the denouement, also called the resolution.  In most stories, the denouement has the main character in a better position than at the beginning of the story. However, tragedies end with death and sadness, in which the main character is worse off than at the beginning of the story.

More Recent Research on the Benefits of Reading Good Literature:




Can reading Chekhov or Alice Munro improve your social skills? According to a study published yesterday in the journal Science, researchers "found that after reading literary fiction, as opposed to popular fiction or serious nonfiction, people performed better on tests measuring empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence--skills that come in especially handy when you are trying to read someone's body language or gauge what they might be thinking," the New York Times reported. 

The researchers, social psychologists at the New School for Social Research in New York City, suggested the reason for this is that literary fiction "often leaves more to the imagination, encouraging readers to make inferences about characters and be sensitive to emotional nuance and complexity," the Times wrote.

"This is why I love science," said author Louise Erdrich, whose novel The Round House was used in one of the experiments, adding that the researchers "found a way to prove true the intangible benefits of literary fiction. Thank God the research didn't find that novels increased tooth decay or blocked up your arteries.... Writers are often lonely obsessives, especially the literary ones. It's nice to be told what we write is of social value. However, I would still write even if novels were useless.”-Shelf Awareness
The Power of Empathy:  Brene Brown




Answer the following Questions:

  1. What does Ms. Brown say is the difference between sympathy and empathy?
  2. Give an example when you showed empathy toward someone.
  3. Do you agree with Ms. Brown's conclusions about empathy?

Start Scribbling!
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of the Written Word!

Syllabus Link: HERE


Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I am an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience; I currently teach English in the public school system of Virginia. In my spare time, I am an avid reader. writer, reviewer, blogger, writing/art journaler, beekeeper, grad student, and MOTHER. - See more: Here



Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Genre Continued Some MORE...


Genre Continued Some MORE...

Front of Card:
Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett: In the eleventh century, the teenage princess Anna Comnena fights for her birthright--the throne to the Byzantine Empire--which she fears will be taken from her by her younger brother, John.
Genre: ________________________________    Subgenre: ________________________________

Why:
“The Story of the Three Bears” by unknown: Goldilocks, a little girl with blonde hair, is lost in the forest.  She comes upon a house that seems comfortable and safe, but the house is actually the home of a family of bears. 
Genre: ________________________________    Subgenre: ________________________________
Why:

Back of Card:
Why do fictional stories differ from nonfictional?




QuizStar






Syllabus Link:  HERE



Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I am an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience; I currently teach English in the public school system of Virginia. In my spare time, I am an avid reader. writer, reviewer, blogger, writing/art journaler, beekeeper, grad student, and MOTHER. - See more: Here



Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Genre Continued


Sept. 13/14
Story of Achilles by unknown: During the Trojan War, Achilles was the Greek's best warrior; his nymph mother, assisted by the gods, held him by his heel when she dipped him in the River Styx making him immortal everywhere but there.
Genre: ________________________________    Subgenre: ________________________________
Why:

“My Summer Vacation in The Dells” by Jerome Gardner: Jerome Gardner describes his trip to Wisconsin Dells in five thrilling paragraphs.

Genre: ________________________________    Subgenre: ________________________________

Why:
Back of Card:
Why do fictional stories have a plot?

What would you like to learn in English this year?












Syllabus Link:  HERE



Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I am an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience; I currently teach English in the public school system of Virginia. In my spare time, I am an avid reader. writer, reviewer, blogger, writing/art journaler, beekeeper, grad student, and MOTHER. - See more: Here




The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Image Credit: Amazon.com

Agree or disagree:  There’s nothing quite like a real book.  Hint: Answer must include WHY?





What happens in a bookshop when it is closed at night?  HINT: Use your imagination!


What Genres did you notice in the Book Shop?

If you are an old movie buff, now we're talking old-Buster Keaton kind of old movie buff, and you love books, here is just what the doctor ordered.  A children's picture book that has made into an Academy Award-winning animated short, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.  My students love this activity.  Here is the link to the original lesson that I modified for my use-This is one way to use this exceptional children's book in the classroom: Film English

Here is the short film that won the 2011 Academy Award for Animated Short...After viewing make sure you get the book, because everyone knows the book is always better!


Let us, here at The Things You Can Read, know what you think of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore!  If you are a teacher, let us know how you use this intriguing book or plan to use this book in the classroom.

Summary Courtesy of Goodreads:

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

by William Joyce (Illustrator)Joe Bluhm (Goodreads Author) (Illustrator)  
Morris Lessmore loved words.
He loved stories.
He loved books.
But every story has its upsets.


Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds.

But the power of story will save the day.    (less)
Hardcover, 52 pages
Published June 19th, 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2011)
ISBN
1442457023 (ISBN13: 9781442457027)
edition language
English

Syllabus Link:  HERE



Let us, here at The Things You Can Read, know what you think of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore!  If you are a teacher, let us know how you use this intriguing book or plan to use this book in the classroom.

Happy Reading!
Things You Can Read
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books!

Summary Courtesy of Goodreads:

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Happy Reading & Writing

The Things You Can Read!

Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books & Writing!


Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience; I currently teach English in the public school system of Virginia. In my spare time, I am an avid reader. writer, reviewer, blogger, writing/art journaler, beekeeper, grad student, and MOTHER. - See more: Here

Friday, September 9, 2016

Genre: How Fiction Can Change Reality

9/9 & 9/12

DO NOW
Front of Card:
Word association
When I say English…you say…
Back of Card:

List the five major genres.  Hint:  Look on your desk!


Syllabus Link:  HERE

Remind Codes


Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I am an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience; I currently teach English in the public school system of Virginia. In my spare time, I am an avid reader. writer, reviewer, blogger, writing/art journaler, beekeeper, grad student, and MOTHER. - See more: Here



Wednesday, August 31, 2016

WELCOME HURRICANES 2016-2017




Welcome to the 2016-2017 Hurricane Team

"I'm Ready for My Close-Up"
ROLL'EM!



Syllabus Link:  HERE


Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I am an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience; I currently teach English in the public school system of Virginia. In my spare time, I am an avid reader. writer, reviewer, blogger, writing/art journaler, beekeeper, grad student, and MOTHER. - See more: Here


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