Monday - Final Walter Mitty papers due at the beginning of class. Pass out vocabulary words for "The Interlopers." DO NOW on an essential question from the next short story we will be reading, "The Interlopers." Begin reading short story as a class. Students will annotate as we read aloud.
Tuesday - Finish reading "The Interlopers" while utilizing our "Say Something" reading strategy. Post-reading questions in groups. Share out answers as an entire class. The students will be asked to determine the type of conflicts present in the short story, along with quotes as support.
Wednesday/Thursday - "The Interlopers" group station activity. The students will get into groups and visit four stations around the room that directly deals with literary elements in the story. Discuss as a whole class. Watch "The Shelter" Twilight Zone episode for a direct connection piece to our reading.
Friday - Vocabulary quiz from our words within "The Interlopers." Article of the week.
Monday - Looking for motifs within the short story/movie "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." Finish watching the movie, if needed. Fully complete graphic organizer and have it checked. Introduce creative writing assignment.
HOMEWORK - Complete outline.
Tuesday - Students will be given their creative writing assignment, which will count as an essay grade. We will head to the computer lab for the class' first work day in the lab. Students should be sure to work hard and focus during the time in the computer lab as their effort will count as part of the essay grade.
Wednesday/Thursday - We will use class time to either go to the computer lab or have the laptop cart in class. Students will begin typing their rough drafts, which will be due on Friday.
Friday - Rough draft due. Today we will peer edit as a class.
HW - Final draft due on Monday.
Monday - DO NOW on essential question from the short story we will be reading and working with, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." Share out and discuss student responses. Pre-reading analysis questions based on the upcoming story. Begin reading as a full class.
Tuesday - Independent reading time to begin class. After independent reading, we will finish reading "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" together as a class. After reading questions in groups. Go around and share out answers as a full class to help with comprehension. Pass out graphic organizer for watching the film adaptation of the short story. The graphic organizer will aid in the students' upcoming creative essay based on the short story and movie.
Wednesday/Thursday - DO NOW: Summarize the setting, conflict, and characters in the movie so far. How does the movie differ from the short story? Review graphic organizers for the movie thus far. Continue with the viewing of the film adaptation.
Friday - Begin finishing up the movie. Make sure you're completing your graphic organizers and movie questions. Exit slip on which version the students liked better and an explanation as to why. We will begin writing our first formal papers on the short story next week. Students will have at least two days in the computer lab to work on their papers.
Monday - DO NOW as an introduction to the article that we will read today on winning the lottery. Read article. Partner questions. Discuss and share out. Last chance to ask any questions about tomorrow's literary elements quiz!
Tuesday - Literary elements quiz! Students may use their associative tool list on this quiz. Once all of the students have completed the quiz, we will begin reading "100 Bucks of Happy." This short story perfectly fits with the previous class' article.
Wednesday/Thursday - Finish reading, if we have to. Students will then begin working on the accompanying questions from the short story. We will then share out and discuss as a full class. Once completed, the students will be asked to find a quote from the story that exemplifies internal and external conflict - this will help us next class as we watch a "Twilight Zone" episode that directly deals with conflict.
Friday - "Twilight Zone" episode. Find an example from the episode that illustrates internal and external conflict. Journal response: How does "100 Bucks of Happy" and this "Twilight Zone" episode work together? Share out. Go to library to pick out independent reading book.