Thursday, November 20, 2008

Homework due on Friday

Study for your WWW quiz. Make sure you know the definitions of the words and what characterization is as well as character conflicts. I want examples of the different types of conflicts.
Read for 4 steps
Read notes on the blog about point of view (this will be posted on Monday)
Read "White Scarves" again and the background information I gave you in class. Then, tell me from what point of view is the poem. Why did the author choose the specific speaker of the poem? What effect does it have?


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Word Wall Words 7

Lucid (adj.): clear, easily understood
Tentative (adj): uncertain
Cognizant (adj.): aware
Defiant (adj.): challenging

Homework due on Wednesday, 11/19

Math: No homework. Good job on your testing today.

Write sentences using your WWWs
Read the blog notes on characterization and conflicts.
Read for 4 steps (1 hour)

Bring your pennies for the penny harvest

Monday, November 17, 2008

Characterization: Conflicts in stories

The plots of most stories centers around conflict. A conflict is a struggle between opposing forces. There are two main kinds of conflict in stories: external and internal.

External Conflict.
A struggle between a character and an outside force is an external conflict. Characters may face several types of outside forces. The outside force may be another character. It may be the character and the community. The outside force may also be forces of nature. For example, a story might be the main character struggling against the arctic cold.

Man against man.
Man against nature.
Internal Conflict.
A struggle that takes place in a character's mind is called internal conflict. For example, a character may have to decide between right and wrong or between two solutions to a problem. Sometimes, a character must deal with his or her own mixed feelings or emotions.

Man against himself.
The Importance of Conflict.
Conflict is necessary to every story. In short stories, there is usually one major conflict. In longer stories, there could be several conflicts.

Conflict adds excitement and suspense to a story. The conflict usually becomes clear to the beginning of a story. As the plot unfolds, the reader starts to wonder what will happen next and how the characters will handle the situation. Many readers enjoy trying to predict the final outcome.

The excitement usually builds to a high point, or climax. The climax is the turning point of the story. Something has happened to resolve the conflict.

Reading for Conflict.

As you read a story:

identify the main characters
decide what conflict they face
look for steps they take to settle that conflict
see if the steps cause other conflict
watch for clues and try to predict what the characters will do
enjoy the buildup of suspense
put yourself in the story
decide if you would have solved the conflict in the same way

Homework due on Tuesday,

Finish your class work (2 worksheets)

Read for 4 steps
Write your WWWs 10 times and find the definitions of the words
Do your analyst on a video clip you find on
Study your WWWs

Tomorrow is report card day. Times your parents could come are: 1-3 and 5 - 7.
You will have your Math ITA test tomorrow. Sleep well!
Bring pennies for the penny harvest.