8 September 2010

Today we (finally) finished the “teaching each other” exercise we began last Thursday!

Then I read aloud a short story called “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury.  I gave you one of three purposes for reading (see chart below), and asked you to make notes as you listened/read.

Finally, you discussed these elements in small groups based on which purpose you chose–and started sharing out as a whole class.  We’ll finish that tomorrow.

For now, EXTRA CREDIT to anyone who is willing to suggest at least one specific SYMBOL at work in the story and how/why you think it’s symbolic.  It will also count if you respond to someone else, sharpening or building on their contribution.

Possible Purposes for Reading:

Possible Purpose #1 Possible Purpose #2 Possible Purpose #3
Focus on mood and foreshadowing.  Pay attention to the imagery, the description of setting and places.  Underline places where the description seems important to you and describe the feeling you get in the margins.  Also, underline things that you think are clues about what’s coming.  Make your predictions about what’s coming in the margins.

Remember places of importance (beginnings and endings), the rule of three, and importance of description.

Focus on symbol and theme.  Find at least two objects that you think are symbolic.  Underline any references to these objects in the story, and then explain what they represent in the margins.  Also, think about themes in the story.  Underline places that have to do with these themes.

Use the rule of three, and notice how the author uses imagery, metaphors, similes, and personification.

Feel pretty confident in your reading ability and want a challenge?  Combine purpose #1 and #2.  Pay attention to how an author uses descriptive language to develop a theme.  Notice, too, how symbolism can foreshadow important events.  As you read, underline important lines.  Then, in the margins explain why you underlined it.  Is it symbolic?  A powerful metaphor that foreshadows events?  A moment where the author develops themes?  Show us that you understand how to use the terms we’ve been discussing in class.

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