This week we worked on verbal, situational, and dramatic irony. We read and analyzed "Lamb to the Slaughter" for these types of ironies. Prior to reading the story, we completed an anticipation guide and participated in an informal Socratic Seminar to discuss our responses. We also worked on defining allusions and exploring Dahl's use of allusion in the short story. When we finished reading the story, we watched Alfred Hitchcock's version of the story, and we compared and contrasted the two texts. Lastly, we had to respond in writing to which version was more effective, and why.
This week, we completed and presented our quilts for "Everyday Use," demonstrating understanding of direct and indirect characterization. We completed a group and individual evaluation of our quilt. We reviewed the meaning and significance for the scores on our first attempt at a persuasive essay. We also took notes on irony, developed our own examples of irony to be displayed in a gallery walk, and began reading "Lamb to the Slaughter."
This week we read "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker, working on direct and indirect characterization. At the conclusion of the story, we began our "Everyday Use" group project.
This week, we finished writing and self-evaluating our first persuasive essay and we completed the Benchmark test for General 10 English. We also practiced Direct and Indirect Characterization in preparation of reading Alice Walker's "Everyday Use."