Hey English 10,
Today we began the process of reading and annotating Gregorio Lopez y Fuentes‘ “A Letter to God” in preparation for our timed assessment on Thursday.
Remember that you should be reading in three main stages:
1. the “just read” stage.
No pen, no highlighter, just read. Read it out loud quietly to yourself. Just get the main ideas- who, what, where, etc.
2. the rules of notice of reading fiction stage.
Using what you know about noticing moments where significant meaning is often found in fiction, annotate and make notes about places within the story create meaning.
The Rules of Notice for Reading Fiction (PDF)
3. elements of fiction stage.
Establish a colour code. Organize your thinking with colour (setting=green, character=pink, etc), and make notes about what you highlight. You will not be permitted to bring notes in a notebook to the timed assessment on Thursday, but you will be permitted to bring a thoroughly annotated copy of the story with you.
Short Story Inventory- Analysis Guide (PDF)
What will a good job on this inventory look like on Thursday? Like this:
Sample Short Story Inventory- The Treasure of Lemon Brown (PDF)
On Thursday, you will one 75 minutes to complete a similar analysis. Annotating well means having your ideas ready to go when the clock starts. Not annotating means having to read, analyze and write about it in 75 minutes. Yikes! ANNOTATE WELL, my padawans. Good luck- don’t forget that extra help is on Tuesday/Thursday at lunch in r235- pop by to chat if you need.