Creating Your Own Informational Text

Over the course of the past week we have been analyzing the features of informational texts, and we have read and analyzed three informational texts over the 2011 Fukushima Disaster and Tsunami.

In class we read the short Science Fiction story “He-y, Come on Ou-t!” – a Japanese tale that focuses on the effects of natural disasters, man’s need to be mindful of waste management and recycling, and a surprise ending that touches on what happens when we ignore our problems and obligations to the environment.

Click here for a copy of the short story, “He-y, Come on Ou-t!”

 

After analyzing this text in class, you will be creating your own informational text about the events that happened in this story. Please remember, this is NOT a summary of the text – we are checking to see that you can use the appropriate diction and tone for your audience and that you can use at least five informational text features. Please click on the links below for your class to view the assignment sheet.

1st Block – Creating Your Own Informational Text

4th Block – Creating Your Own Informational Text

This will count as a project grade and will be due Monday, September 21st 2015!

10th Grade Literature Fall 2015

Analyzing Features of Informational Texts – The 2011 Fukushina Disaster

In class this week we are learning how to identify and analyzing the use and importance of informational text features.

Remember – the purpose of informational texts is to inform the audience… not to entertain, not to make them question, not to evoke an emotional response. Informational texts should be based in fact, not opinion. Additionally, the author of an informational text should present the reader with an unbiased perspective – that means you shouldn’t see able to see the writers beliefs or opinions in the text.

Below you will find the three informational texts we will be examining in class over the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan.

Informational Text 1

Informational Text 2

Informational Text 3

 

Remember, please refer to the handouts over informational text features if you are having a hard time identifying them or remembering them. You’ll find the handouts from class below:

Click here for the text version of the Informational Features handout

Click here for the picture/visual version of the Informational Features handout

 

Additionally, if you are absent or loose your assignment sheets, here are the reading questions you will be completing over the articles in class. Pay close attention to the questions – some of them are written in the form of a Constructed Response!

Reading Questions for Text 2

Reading Questions for Text 3

10th Grade Literature Fall 2015

Common Themes in Asian Literature

Today in class we were introduced to the background information on Asian literature from your classmates, and we examined some of the key themes of Asian literature that we should expect to see in the coming weeks in poetry, short stories, and drama.

Please click here if you were unable to get all of the notes in class today, and you can access a complete version of the notes over theme!

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Analyzing African Literature – The Memoir

Over the course of the past week in class you have been assigned one of three African texts – either an epic, a memoir or a short story. With your classmates you had to not only read and understand the story, but also consider what it teaches you about African culture, literature and the experiences of Africans. Below you will find an overview of the assignment you will be working on, as well as links to the story, the reading questions, and the vocabulary needed for the story.

Click here for the short story ‘The Dark Child’.

Click here for the reading questions over ‘The Dark Child’.

Working in your groups, be sure to completely the following analysis and be able to present your analysis to the class:Laye camara

  1. Analyze the title of the text… what does it mean?
    What does it symbolize? What does it tell you about the story?
  2. Define memoir, and explain why your story is a good example of a memoir.
  3. Be able to summarize the text and walk your classmates through the plot.
  4. Explain what this text taught you about African culture, or literature.
  5. Have a visual aid that your classmates can use to gain additional information about your text.

Click here for the rubric on how your presentation will be graded.

Vocabulary from ‘The Dark Child

  • Concession
  • Blithely
  • Ecstatic
  • Decreed
  • Millet
  • Pestle
  • Mortar
  • Malign
  • Futile

Missed some of the notes from class? No problem – Click here for the notes over your classmates’ presentation of ‘The Dark Child’.

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Analyzing African Literature – The Short Story

Over the course of the past week in class you have been assigned one of three African texts – either an epic, a memoir or a short story. With your classmates you had to not only read and understand the story, but also consider what it teaches you about African culture, literature and the experiences of Africans. Below you will find an overview of the assignment you will be working on, as well as links to the story, the reading questions, and the vocabulary needed for the story.

Click here for the short story ‘A Chip of Glass Ruby’.

Click here for the reading questions over ‘A Chip of Glass Ruby’.

Working in your groups, be sure to completely the following analysis and be able to present your analysis to the class:lady_from_rajasthan_in_traditional_jewelry_rb15

  1. Analyze the title of the text… what does it mean?
    What does it symbolize? What does it tell you about the story?
  2. Define the short story, and explain why your story is a good example of an short story.
  3. Be able to summarize the text and walk your classmates through the plot.
  4. Explain what this text taught you about African culture, or literature.
  5. Have a visual aid that your classmates can use to gain additional information about your text.

Click here for the rubric on how your presentation will be graded.

Vocabulary from ‘A Chip of Glass Ruby’

  • Tome
  • Scandalous
  • Reproach
  • Morose
  • Sallow
  • Patronize
  • Presumption
  • Repute
  • Incitement
  • Plait
  • Conveyed
  • Pretoria

Missed some of the notes from class? No problem – Click here for the notes over your classmates’ presentation of ‘A Chip of Glass Ruby’.

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Analyzing African Literature – The Epic

Over the course of the past week in class you have been assigned one of three African texts – either an epic, a memoir or a short story. With your classmates you had to not only read and understand the story, but also consider what it teaches you about African culture, literature and the experiences of Africans. Below you will find an overview of the assignment you will be working on, as well as links to the story, the reading questions, and the vocabulary needed for the story.

Click here for an excerpt from ‘The Epic of Sundiata’.

Click here for the reading questions over ‘The Epic of Sundiata’.

Working in your groups, be sure to completely the following analysis and be able to present your analysis to the class:

  1. Analyze the title of the text… what does it mean? large-window_sundiata-illustrationWhat does it symbolize? What does it tell you about the story?
  2. Define the epic, and explain why your story is a good example of an epic.
  3. Be able to summarize the text and walk your classmates through the plot.
  4. Explain what this text taught you about African culture, or literature.
  5. Have a visual aid that your classmates can use to gain additional information about your text.

Click here for the rubric on how your presentation will be graded.

Vocabulary from ‘The Epic of Sundiata’

  • Fathom
  • Taciturn
  • Affront
  • Innuendo
  • Estranged
  • Initiation
  • Soothsayer
  • Derisively
  • Efface

Missed some of the notes from class? No problem – Click here for the notes over your classmates’ presentation of ‘The Epic of Sundiata’.

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African Poetry Mini Project

In class we will be analyzing poetry specifically from African in this unit. Below you will find the poem we will be reading, and the instructions for the ‘mini project’. I really want you guys to focus on identifying THEME in this assignment… its a very important skill that you still need to practice.

Click here for the packet of African Poems from class.

  1. Read ALL of the poems in the packet.
  2. Pick ONE poem that you like the most, enjoy the imagery of, or have the strongest reaction to.
  3. Identify the THEME of that poem.
  4. PICK ONE of the three options below to complete using the THEME of the poem of your choice:

Option 1: Make a full color pictorial illustration of the theme of your poem.

Option 2: Find a SCHOOL APPROPRIATE song that has the same theme as your poem (bonus if the lyrics are similar too!)

Option 3: Annotate the poem in detail, and explain the theme.

 

 

10th Grade Literature Fall 2015