Language Objective: I will write Focus Notes and discuss short stories in groups.
1.) Bell Work: Read The Book Thief for 15 minutes.
After reading, answer the following questions:
- Summarize the main idea of your reading in one complete sentence.
- List two details that stood out to you in your reading. Cite textual evidence and use complete sentences.
- Make a connection. Compare how something in the text similar to something in your own experience or something you read or watched.
- Contrast how something in the text is different than something in your own experience or something you read or watched.
- List two questions that you had while reading. Make sure they are not answered in the text.
2.) We will be reading excerpts of Firoozeh Dumas' Funny in Farsi. With your group, you will be assigned one of the following chapters:
In your reading, you will encounter various stereotypes. Take two minutes to list some other stereotypes you know.
4.) Within your group, first read your assigned chapter individually. Read with a pen in hand. While reading, use this Focus Note template to organize your reading notes. On the right side, list quotes from the text and what your thoughts are about these quotes. On the right, briefly summarize the quotes you cited on the right and write down any questions that arise in your reading. Make sure to find textual evidence (quotes) to back up and answer your questions.
You can see an example of Focus Notes here.
4.) Here is a list of questions you and your group need to investigate and answer about your assigned chapter. (Find the questions for your specific story on the list.) Your assigned questions, along with any other questions you have while reading, should be on the left side of your Focus Notes. Your answers along with the textual evidence that supports your answers should be on the right.
5.) Each group will present their findings next period.