I post here daily about what we accomplished in class each day, including handouts and links available to students on my CANVAS site.
Day 44, Sem. 1
Last Day of Quarter 1!
We started with independent reading and then quickly went over the fourth type of sentence structure, compound-complex sentences, practicing writing a few and noting punctuation rules for each. We will conclude this grammar unit by reviewing fragments and run-on sentences, which are often punctuation errors, and how to correct them.
After grammar, we spent a good bit of time on the annotation requirements for Part I of Things Fall Apart. Students have read all 13 chapters of Part I already, so I am asking them to now GO BACK through the chapters to find and annotate the following: important characters (underline name and margin notes of important details to know about the character), robust and Igbo vocabulary words (note meanings in the margin), chapter titles (one per chapter to practice summary skills), and significant quotes (highlight 1-2 per chapter and margin notes about reason for significance).
We also looked very briefly at a few literary techniques that Achebe uses throughout the novel: allusion, figurative language, proverbs, and folk tales. I then gave out the project options for Part I, which students will work on starting tonight and in class through Thursday. Each table group will choose one group project, and each group member will choose one individual project (no duplication within the group).
Homework: Work on Part I annotations and begin individual project (due Thursday).
Allison Houck, MAT