1/20 – Reading Day F451 Part I

We will be breaking the book into its three parts:

  • Part I: The Hearth and the Salamander
  • Part II: The Sieve and the Sand
  • Part III: Burning Bright

For each part, you’ll LIVE TWEET as you read and you’ll write a short lab book entry.

On Tweeting

Tweets can be quotes, parts of quotes or questions. You can see some question examples below and a screen shot of some quotes below that:

  • How is his helmet symbolic? p 3
  • Whose smile? His or the fire’s? Why didn’t the “fiery smile” ever go away? p 4
  • He had feelings about the sidewalk? What does that mean? p4
  • Notice the color contrast between Montag (p 3) and Clarisse (p 5).

On Lab Booking

You’ll write a lab book entry using the prompts on your green bookmarks. Essentially, the lab book prompts ask you to read for pattern (dystopia) and they also ask you to read for detail (motif).

MOTIFS are… recurring images, objects, or ideas that often point to a symbol or a theme.

Since we haven’t done much with motif yet, let me say that tracking motifs is one of the main ways we are going to be reading for details: following one idea, image, or object through its various mentions in a text and then trying to figure out what larger idea it connects to is a great exercise in inductive reading. And the texts we’re reading this second half of the year really respond to that kind of reading.

Still confused about motifs? Take a look at this example:

In “The Scarlet Ibis,” a short story most of you read as 9th graders, the scarlet ibis is a bird, and an important symbol in the story.

But if there were several different birds (robins, blue jays, geese), and even lots of words that had to do with birds in the story (bird, hover, fly, soar, peck), then it would be a MOTIF


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