We will begin our in-class Socratic Seminars tomorrow! Please make sure that you come to class prepared to engage in discussion with all necessary materials.
IF YOU WERE ABSENT TODAY, please consult the handouts below. You can either:
A) Print them out and complete them at home or
B) Use them as a guideline to complete the work on a separate sheet of paper.
To get full credit for the Socratic Seminar, you will need to submit the following:
I can't wait to hear your discussions!
Today we began working on a close reading of an excerpt from Things Fall Apart in preparation for our upcoming Socratic Seminars on our theme topics (please see below for handouts/instructions if you were absent today)
What is close reading?
Close reading is reading a passage and analyzing it in fine detail. It is important because it is the building block for larger analysis. In order to close read something you must RE-READ it multiple times!
For homework, select a passage from Things Fall Apart to conduct your own close reading on:
After conducting a Peer Review in class today, your essay was returned to you with feedback. Please take the feedback that you received from your classmates and update/revise your draft. Ensure that you have a strong draft to turn in to me tomorrow!
***NOTE: Because of SATs, PSATs, and the Mock Regents exams that are taking place tomorrow, if I do not see your class, you may put your revised drafts into my mailbox OR bring them to me during lunch or after school.
In addition, please finish the worksheet that we began today in class. Be sure to consider WHY Achebe chose to allude to the poem "The Second Coming" for his novel.
Please review the original Mastery work assignment for your thematic essay on Things Fall Apart. You need to begin formulating your theme statements so that you may begin your essay! Ideally, you should come up with 2-3 potential theme statements that could work for your topic.
Questions for Theme Analysis/Evidence Gathering
THESIS STATEMENT: Based on your topic, clearly state what the theme of the novel is.