The next larger writing assignment, completed in November, will be personal narratives. Students will be required to effectively incorporate descriptive writing techniques such as simile, metaphor, the magic three, vivid verbs, hyphenated adjectives, repetition for effect, sensory language, and personification. Students will continue to implement transitions throughout their writing and maintain a consistent verb tense. We will work on developing creative opening and concluding paragraphs. Additionally, we will focus on the difference between formatting dialogue and paragraphs.
November also marks the month we will begin reading our firs novel in class: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Throughout this novel, we will explore various aspects of dystopian literature and ways in which literature can serve as a warning to society. While studying Fahrenheit 451, we will focus on the following skills:
- Interpret the meaning of symbols
- Analyze characters and character development
- Determine a theme and trace its development over the course of the novel
- Analyze how the setting shapes the characters and plot
- Identify and interpret figurative language
- Make predictions
- Map out the plot using a plot diagram
- Develop knowledge of new vocabulary words
- Cite textual evidence to support written responses to study guide questions
We will be continuing to enhance vocabulary skills through Membean training and quizzes. Additionally, we will study root words to broaden vocabulary understanding and DOL to review essential grammar concepts.
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