School: 7-8 Middle
Grade/Subject: Purpose Enrichment
Teams: Bobcats, Cougars, Lions,
Panthers & Tigers,
Room #: 132
Phone: 724-452-6043 ext.3054
May 14- 17, 2018
No school for students on Friday 5/18
TANGERINE novel Unit, including
"Harrison Bergeron" and the 2 "lyric poems" which we discovered were
songs: "The Trees" by RUSH and "The Unforgiven" by Metallica
Themes: Appearance vs. Reality, Brotherhood, Search for Truth,
Coming of Age.
"Life isn't about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself."
~George Bernard Shaw
"You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one. I hope, someday,
you'll join us,
and the World will live as one."
~ John Lennon
"Love, is the only rational act."
~ Levine (as quoted by Morrie Schwartz)
"The fact is, there is no foundation, no
secure ground, upon which people may
stand today if it isn't the family."
"...pride is a wonderful, terrible thing,
a seed that bears two vines, life and death"
~ James Hurst, "The Scarlet Ibis"
LITERARY ANALYSIS is the taking apart
of the literary work of art (short story, poem, novel, memoir, etc) to examine
its "constituent parts" or "elements" in order to critically interpret its meaning,
evaluate its effectiveness on the reader, and compare/contrast it
with other works.
STRUCTURE of WORDS = The Base + Affixes
OR Prefix + Root + Suffix = Structure of words
See here: Affixes/ Base Chart
See here "Mrs. Wolf's General Rules of
"CONTEXT CLUE" and STRUCTURE of words
Text-specific vocabulary will include words taken from the unit literature texts .
The 5 W's of Literary Analysis
Who is involved? CHARACTER/AUTHOR/READER
What is the over-all meaning? THEME? *which is
NOT the same as MORAL*
What is the conflict? It causes all the action; it is caused by a specific "antagonist."
When does the action occur and what effect does that have on the action and/or meaning?
Setting/time can be a "time of life" or "time of year"
as well as calendar or clock time.
does the action occur and what effect
does that have on the action and/or meaning?
Setting/place can be specific or general and can greatly affect reader's MOOD
Why does the author make the choices he/she does? Author makes choices to affect the reader somehow.Author's PURPOSE? R.I.P.E. The Author's choice creates some effect for the reader.
Why should it matter to us as readers? CATHARSIS
HOW does the author create the Elements of his/her story? Use of a variety of ELEMENTS and literary techniques as well as FIGURATIVE & Descriptive
Language, dialogue, etc.