To warm up today, the class will view a video that reviews the concept of theme again, but also adds another aspect of error I want to hit. Some of my students will identify "love" or "freedom" as the theme of a text. These are not themes. They are subjects. Students come by this misconception honestly as some teachers teach them that understanding, but the internet is the worst. One word "themes" are often found on sites about books and movies. This video will review the difference.
I will link the video to our Edmodo page so students can access it anytime.
To continue with the lesson for today, students will take a handout from the caddy. I will explain that this handout is part of their reading circle preparation for this final section of the book.
The handout asks students to diagram the plot of the novel, identify key characters, conflict, point of view and write a theme statement. Note that in the theme section, I gave them topics to connect to the message in the video earlier.
The assignment cannot be completed until the book has ended -especially the theme, but I want students to discuss at their table to work on what can be completed to the point we are at now in the novel. This is important because I want them to see that we are still in the rising action. If you've been following me you know my thoughts and that this is all part of my method of teaching students that the climax is close to the end not the middle of a story. (see previous lesson on the topic)
Students will listen to the audio -picking up where we left in the last class - and follow in their books. As they do they will be very involved in the text, actively reading per the instructions on the Reading Circle sheets.
I will allow the class to read until the last five minutes of class time and record their stopping point.
Wrap up time is spent allowing students to "debrief" independently - collecting their post its and/or completing their thoughts on their Reading Circle sheets. We always discuss questions or concerns before class is dismissed.