12/8 – Intro to Lab Book Interviews and a peek at drama

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.

  1. Content—discussing illnesses, addictions, losses, life changes
  1. Repetition—sometimes repeating a word or a phrase or a key idea can make a text more powerful.
  1. Metaphors—comparisons between things that make the subject seem more meaningful
  1. Understatement—saying less than what needs to be said is sometimes more powerful than talking about it a lot.
  1. Irony—when someone does something you don’t expect or the author says something in a way you don’t expect
  1. Empathy—when you resonate with the character’s experiences because of your own life
  1. 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.




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