Today we finished up Life of Pi.
We had a great conversation about what the island represents - some students felt maybe it represented the dark side of Pi and his devolution into cannibalism in order to survive on the boat. Others believed it to be an allegory to the Garden of Eden. Eventually I shared my own view, that it represents his religion in general - his faith. When he was losing faith, he found the island (his religion) and it gave him comfort and rest - but he could not let himself become completely consumed by it - he had to get back out to the real world - he takes with him the food (or religious lessons - as food for his soul) that he could carry, and continued forth on his journey.
After the discussion, I presented the assignment for today:
Write 1 paragraph. (formal writing, in the writing category)
Focus on ONE theme from the book.
What methods (different from the book) does a producer employ to advance theme?
**Give at least 3 concrete examples from the movie
**Address at least two different methods
The structure should look like this:
sentence 1 - thesis
sentence 2-4/5 - evidence
sentence 6-7 - analysis (so what)
Last sentence - conclusion.
Today we started the movie The Life of Pi. We are watching with intention, and I asked students to focus on how the various themes are advanced via cinematography in ways that are not available to the author in the book. Students will be answering a prompt regarding this when we finish the movie.
Tomorrow will be the same, so no blog post will be uploaded tomorrow.
Today was the last day to work on the Life of Pi one pager. Students were busy at work throughout the period getting it done to turn in tomorrow.
HOMEWORK: Life of Pi one pager if not yet done
Both yesterday and today were work days. I encourage students to think about what they're going to be putting on their One Pagers over the weekend, and have reminded them that they are only allowed one sheet of paper for the assignment.
Students also have a flipgrid assignment due Monday. Below is the flipgrid login information.
Student code: first two letters of your first name, first two of last name and either 01 or 02, depending on if you have me first or second.
Today started with me handing out the cumulative assessment for Life of Pi. This can be found in the files section. Next, we reviewed some fundamentals of characterization. What's direct, what's indirect? I had 6 suitcases (or bags) with clothes, books, etc. in them. Students selected one and wrote 1-2 paragraphs about a character, based on what they'd found in the bag. The requirements for the assignment can be found on the slideshow.
My expectation was that students would complete a rough draft today, and would move on to the final draft tomorrow, after reading the ActivelyLearn article about how to write strong characters.
HOMEWORK: ActivelyLearn article (5 connections/comments/questions)
Today we discussed characterization as it relates to Pi. First, we discussed direct and indirect characterization and how they differ. Direct characterization refers to anything the author specifically tells you. Indirect characterization is everything else. Basically, if you have to infer something from the text about the person's character, it's indirect characterization.
Students then looked for examples of each type of characterization in The Life of Pi. This lesson will be continued tomorrow. There was no homework tonight.
We also quickly reviewed the cumulative assessment for Life of Pi, which will be officially handed out tomorrow, and will be due on Tuesday.
Today we discussed symbols and had individual discussions of what symbols we see in Life of Pi. It's important to understand what symbolism is, and to know that authors don't always intend to put symbolism into their work.
At the end of the period, students were assigned: DUE TOMORROW: The Symbolism Survey on Actively Learn **note, you do not have to read the actual responses, but do need to read the article and answer the questions. In addition, you must leave at least 5 connections/comments on the text.
Today we took a pre-assessment for writing in class. Sadly, there's really nothing more to report.
Today we discussed theme in more detail, and I clarified the theme topic a bit more. Key takeaways are:
I handed out an AP Literary Terms sheet, I have not yet posted that, as it needs to be re-typed. Once I do that (probably this weekend), I will post it in the top part of the files section, where it will stay for reference.
NO HOMEWORK DUE
Today we briefly talked about 9/11/2001, and about how it altered the culture of America in an instant. We didn't dwell on the topic, but did discuss the impact that it had on both Mr. Julius and myself.
After that, we moved on to discussing Theme and practicing with Theme statements. Students were asked to write both the theme concept and theme statement for two songs and two movies. After that, students were additionally asked to think about what they believe the theme is of Life of Pi, and to come up with at least 3 pieces of text evidence to support their claim.
Their two songs and two movies were to be emailed to me, and all of this is DUE TOMORROW.