Word of the Day: compelling (again) Context: What would be a compelling scene or detail with which to start your poem? Why? Opening Activity



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11-4-14 Learning Target: I can plan and write a 2-voice poem that compares and contrasts how Salva and Nya survived in the challenging environment of South Sudan.
Homework: Revise 2-voice poem (on wkbk p. 163)

Extra credit (theme essay) due by Friday. (draw chart)


Word of the Day: compelling (again)

Context: What would be a compelling scene or detail with which to start your poem? Why?
Opening Activity = Workbook page 165


  1. Of the 3 factors for survival on wkbk p. 143, which is the most important?




  1. What Big Idea do you want readers to understand about that survival factor? How will you use Salva’s and Nya’s points of view to communicate it?




  1. What would be a compelling scene or detail with which to start your poem? Why?

Write your poem on page 163.


Closing Activity:
Join a partner and critique each other’s poems (page 167-169)

English 7 Extra Credit Option : Quarter 1



Essay about Theme

A theme is a message or lesson about life that is broadly applicable -- it is true for situations beyond the story. It is a statement, not just a topic. For example, friendship is not a theme. However, friendship can bring comfort in times of hardship could be a theme.


For EXTRA CREDIT, write an essay about a theme in A Long Walk to Water. Follow these guidelines:
Paragraph 1:

  • Hook the reader: capture their interest and attention!

  • Give the title, author, and genre (realistic fiction, fantasy, etc.)

  • Tell a little bit about the book.

  • Make your CLAIM (State the theme.)

Paragraph 2: Choose a scene from the novel that shows the theme.



  • Make your POINT.

  • Give EVIDENCE (a quote from the novel).

  • EXPLAIN how the evidence you chose shows the theme of the novel.

Paragraph 3: Choose another scene from the novel that shows the theme.



  • Make your POINT.

  • Give EVIDENCE (a quote from the novel).

  • EXPLAIN how the evidence you chose shows the theme of the novel.

Paragraph 4: Conclusion Paragraph



  • Summarize and make connections.

  • Restate your CLAIM (the theme).

  • Would you recommend this book to others? Why or why not?




Theme: Survival

Big Idea:




Salva says this alone

Both say this

Nya says this alone























































































































Learning Target: I can cite text-based evidence to support the comparison and contrast of Salva and Nya in my two voice poem.
Independently, write a response to the questions below.


  1. What does it mean to cite your sources?









  1. Why is it important to cite your sources?









  1. What two things do you need to do to cite your sources correctly?

1.

2.



Command of Evidence Criteria from Two Voice Poem Rubric

4

3

2

1

0

The main idea of the poem and the comparison of Salva and Nya are developed with well-chosen and concrete evidence and quotes from the texts.

The main idea of the poem and the comparison of Salva and Nya are developed with relevant evidence and quotes from the texts.

Some evidence and quotes from the texts help compare Salva and Nya and partially develop the main idea of the poem.

There is an attempt to use evidence and quotes from the texts, but they are generally invalid or irrelevant.

There are no quotes or evidence from the texts or they are completely irrelevant to the topic of the poem.



Date:

Partner:

Focus of Critique: Use of Evidence in my Two Voice Poem

My partner liked …


My partner suggested …


If this were my final draft, my partner thinks I would have earned a (circle one) on the rubric for Command of Evidence.


4




3




2




1




0




My next step(s) …



Expectations




Be Kind: Treat others with dignity and respect.

Be Specific: Focus on why something is good or what, particularly, needs improvement.

Be Helpful: The goal is to help everyone improve their work.

Participate: Support each other. Your feedback is valued!







Directions




  1. Author and Partner: Review Command of Evidence row of the Two Voice Poem Rubric

  2. Author asks partner to read one voice of the poem. Partners read aloud together.

  3. Partner: Gives feedback based on rubric criteria: “I like how you____________.
    You might consider _______________.”

  4. Author: Records feedback

  5. Author: Says, “Thank you for _______________. My next step will be ____________.”

  6. Switch roles and repeat




Directions for Revising My Poem




  1. Decide where you are going to add a revision note based on feedback.

  2. Write your revision note in the space above the sentence you want to change.

  3. Read through your entire narrative and continue to record your revision notes

  4. Review your revision notes to be sure they make sense.





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