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Day 52 of Sem. 1
After 10 minutes of reading, we did a quick overview of our next grammar unit: punctuation and capitalization. The only work we did in the unit today was to read over the 7 comma rules for understanding. I then assigned them to memorize the acronym for the 7 rules and what each letter stands for. They will have a 10% quiz one day this week on which they will have to write the acronym and the meaning of each letter (each rule). The final quiz for this unit will also require them to provide the acronym and meaning for each letter.
Next, we had a 15 minute discussion about author's purpose and how to "read" the author's purpose in Things Fall Apart, especially in part 3. Everyone should have read chapters 20-22 already (20 pages total), and they need to finish the book by reading/annotating chapters 23-25 tonight (17 pages total). Then, I gave students the Found/Blackout poem assignment that focuses on a crucial conversation in Chapter 21 between Akunna and Mr. Brown. This conversation is a perfect example of the author's purpose for this text, so students are practicing close reading skills by analyzing one character's point of view as a step in seeing the author's purpose. We will finish the found poem part of the process in class tomorrow (steps 1-5) to turn in. Students have the option to complete step 6 after I evaluate the found poem as an extra Smart Lunch or homework replacement assignment.
At the end of class, I pointed students to the Study Guide on Canvas for our unit test on Wednesday on our reading and discussion of Things Fall Apart. Students will need the book for our next unit, Night, in class starting on Thursday.
Homework: Finish reading/annotating Part 3 (chapters 23-25 if on schedule). Begin studying for the unit test by using one or more of the active study strategies on the Study Guide.
Allison Houck, MAT