English 9 — Feb. 15, 2018

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Today: We did an exercise on the difference between plot summary and interpretation/analysis. Then students had a chance today to review my comments on their analyses of “A Mountain Journey” and ask for clarification. Please email me if you have further questions.

If you want to submit a revision of your analysis, please re-share the document with me so I get an email notification from Google. I hope to receive this before Monday.

We then continued our discussion of Odysseus and the Cyclops. In small groups, students created concept maps brainstorming the characteristics of Odysseus that are apparent here. Groups chose their “top 3” traits for him. We then looked for textual evidence to support those traits. Finally, students were asked to come up with an overall thesis statement: what can we say about Odysseus? More specifically:

  • What characteristics (positive or negative) does Odysseus display in this story?
  • What can we infer about the values of the ancient Greeks from this?

We will write a response on this topic in class on Monday, focusing on improving on the work we did on our previous response, based on the constructive feedback we received.

If you would like to work on your own computer, please bring it on Monday.

Homework: Continue reading your silent reading book. You may also want to re-read “Odysseus and the Cyclops” and make sure you have selected enough good evidence for your paragraph response on Monday. Please do not do any other “research” for this topic. I expect that the ideas in your writing will be 100% your ideas–not based on something you read online.

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