Today I’ll introduce the Lab Book Interviews. I’ll give you these three handouts and talk about them with you:
- Intro to the Lab Book Interview & Samples
- Outline/Planning Sheet for Lab Book Interview
- Rubric for the Lab Book Interview
We’ll talk about the skills we’ve covered so far this year, and build a map of them together on the board (a permanent map will be on the bulletin board starting tomorrow, too).
Finally, I’ll read you a short excerpt from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. You can finish reading it here. Then, in your lab book, please write responding to this prompt:
This excerpt is haunting, it often moves people to tears. Why? What makes this excerpt so moving?
Here are some things that often make a text moving, and feel free to use these in your lab book work.
- Content—discussing illnesses, addictions, losses, life changes
- Repetition—sometimes repeating a word or a phrase or a key idea can make a text more powerful.
- Metaphors—comparisons between things that make the subject seem more meaningful
- Understatement—saying less than what needs to be said is sometimes more powerful than talking about it a lot.
- Irony—when someone does something you don’t expect or the author says something in a way you don’t expect
- Empathy—when you resonate with the character’s experiences because of your own life
- A bread crumb trail—leave enough hints that your reader can put together the path, but don’t make it SOOOO obvious that they know what it is before you even get there.