November 28

Honors 9th Literature November 30–December 4

9th Lit Honors                                   

Planning Your Week: November 30-December 4

Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday—Georgia Milestones 9th Literature/Composition End of Course Assessment (EOC); please make every effort to be on time and present these three days. This exam counts 20% of your final grade for the course.

Friday—Portfolio due; read through p. 90 of The Road

Next Week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)—The Night Circus presentations


Monday, Nov. 30

  1. Introduce The Road book circles and reading assignment.
  2. Review EOC prompts:
    1. Review Argument
      1. Structure of an argument: thesis (primary claim), topic sentences (sub-claims), shades of the argument (circle of ten), counterargument.
      2. Finding evidence: Other sources given to you, what you have seen, what you have read, what you have experienced. YOU MAY USE FIRST PERSON
  1. Review literary analysis
    1. Arch Method: Rewrite prompt in your own words; make sure you understand what the prompt is asking you to know.
    2. Read the excerpt with a careful lens: How am I going to answer the prompt? What sticks out to me? Diction, syntax, figurative language, details, organization, etc. Diction plus details = tone; NO FIRST PERSON
  1. Review Narrative and Informational prompts


Tuesday-Thursday, Dec 1-3

We will be in lab 113 for the test all three days; you may not have food, drink, or cell phones in the lab. Get some rest and be on time each day.


Friday, Dec. 4

Portfolio Due Date! 

  1. Discuss The Road in book circles; determine roles and complete discussion preparation:
  • Discussion Leader: Based on the first 90 pages that you have read, what are some leading, open-ended questions that you can ask your group? Think about questions that might bring up thematic connections to other works that we have read, or that might spark a discussion about author’s style choices. Write at least seven questions.
  • Diction Detective: It is your job to find perplexing examples of diction and syntax in Cormac McCarthy’s prose. Using your notes from the first 90 pages, find at least seven examples, write them down and cite on your page, and then discuss the meaning and effect of these choices with your group.
  • Bridge Builder: Find real-life connections between the issues/events/conflicts in the text and yourself and your world. Make the book relevant. Part of appreciating literature is understanding why an author chooses to explore certain topics: your job is to help your group ascertain possible motivations for McCarthy’s choice in topic. Find at least three real world connections (news articles, scientific developments, other literary texts, etc.).
  • Reporter/Illustrator: What happened in the first 90 pages of the text? In at least five bullet points, list the main events, characters, setting, etc. and help your group to stay on track. Illustrate one of the scenes from this section (draw or use digital images in a unique composition to create the scene).


HOMEWORK: DUE DATE:  Thursday, December 10, 2014    Read page 1 through the middle of page 175.  Show that you have read with sticky notes that help contribute to your book circles. Be ready to answer the following two questions (verbally, in your book circle groups) using direct and indirect evidence from pages 1-175.

  • The post-apocalyptic setting pervades the description McCarthy gives throughout the novel.  Determine the mood of the novel and examine how the setting helps to produce that mood.
  • Cormac McCarthy has an unmistakable prose style. What do you see as the most distinctive features of that style? How is the writing in The Road in some ways more like poetry than narrative prose? Choose at least 5 words or phrases that enhance the meaning of the text due to their impactful figurative or connotative effect.  Explain how specific words affect the passage.


9th Lit Honors                                   

Planning Your Week: December 7-11


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday—The Night Circus presentations

Thursday—The Road through p. 175


LG: Present circus tents.

  1. Present circus tents; students not presenting will evaluate other tents.
  2. Reflect on your own performance: Each member of the group will write a reflection answering the following questions:
  • How do you think your group did overall? What grade do you deserve and why?
  • How well did your group work together?
  • Did everyone pull his or her own weight? What issues did you encounter in your groups?

Posted November 28, 2015 by Rachael Sanford in category Honors 9th Literature

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