Last week was so busy that I am just now getting around to posting! Last week students read "Rikki-Tikki Tavi by Rudyard Kipling. I grew up with this story (and cartoon). I was surprised that most of them had never heard of it! Back in the day when certain movies only came on once a year-think Wizard of Oz and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Rikki-Tikki was something I always looked forward to. The cobras terrified me almost as much as the Sleestaks in Land of the Lost. Anyhow, it is a great story for character analysis, so students learned about indirect characterization using the STEAL acronym. S is for speech, T is for thoughts, E is for effect on others, A is for actions, and L is for looks. Students looked for passages as the read that revealed Rikki's character. I then taught the how to seamlessly incorporate quotes into a literary analysis, analyze each quote, and cite the source. I think the kids did very well, especially since it was new to most of them!
|Anyone else love this show?|
Later that week, students discussed "Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury. I gave them over a week to read and annotate the story at home, so they were well prepared for the discussion. On Friday, I simply asked them to write down two discussion questions for the story. As I walked around listening to their discussions (well, okay, sometimes arguments) about the story, I was blown away! It didn't hurt that our most recent Article of the Week's main argument was that being a good listener is the best way to make people love you! We also did a vocabulary activity called Coffee Klatch. Each student received a word from the story with the complete definition, as well as a sentence using the word. They had to move around the room and share their word using a sentence frame I provided. This activity requires the other person to be a good listener. If you look at the sentence frames below, you will see why!
|Learning New Vocab|
|Love this kid!|
|How adorable is this?|