TTTC Playlists

 

 

…It Was a Love Story…

Wild World = On the Rainy River
Cello Suite #1 = Style
Telling Stories = Spin
The Walker = How To Tell A True War Story
The Beigeness = Lives of the Dead
Lavender = the whole book

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How to Tell a True War Story and The Dentist Questions: HANDWRITE YOUR RESPONSES ON A SHEET OF PAPER.

  1. Why do you think O’brien placed “The Dentist” directly following “How To Tell a True War Story”?
  1. Make a list of all the ways you’ll know if a story is a true war story.
  1. Use your list from #2 to determine if the story of Curt Lemon, as told in How To Tell A True War Story, is a true war story.
  1. Make connections between this quote and what you know about spin.

War is hell, but that’s not the half of it because war is also mystery and terror and adventure and courage and discovery and holiness and pity and despair and longing and love. War is nasty; war is fun. War is thrilling; war is drudgery. War makes you a man; war makes you dead. (76).

  1. What’s the deal with the yo-yo (67), (69), (72), (76)? What do yo-yo’s do?
  1. How is the story of the men in the mountains the same as the story of the baby water buffalo?
  1. What does O’brien mean when he says, “It wasn’t a war story, it was a love story” (81)?
  1. What’s the connection between these two quotes?

“In a way, I guess she’s right: I should forget about it. But the thing about remembering is that you don’t forget” (33).

“What I should do, she’ll say, is put it all behind me. Find new stories to tell” (81).

  1. What other stories are referenced in this quote from the end of “How to Tell a True War Story”?

And in the end, of course, a true war story is never about war. It’s about sunlight. It’s about the special way that dawn spreads out on a river when you know you must cross the river and march into the mountains and do things you are afraid to do. It’s about love and memory. It’s about sorrow. It’s about sisters who never write back and people who never listen (81).

  1. Consider these quotes and write a paragraph explaining what “The Dentist” is actually about.

“They carried their reputations. They carried the soldier’s greatest fear, which was the fear of blushing. Men killed, and died, because they were embarrassed not to” (20).

“It was not courage, exactly; the object was not valor. Rather, they were too frightened to be cowards” (21).

“It was very sad, he thought. The things men carried inside. The things men did or felt they had to do” (24).

“I was ashamed of my conscience, ashamed to be doing the right thing” (49).

“I would not do what I should do” (55).

“I would not be brave” (55).

“I would go to war – I would kill and maybe die – because I was embarrassed not to” (57).

“I was a coward. I went to the war” (58).

“The embarrassment must’ve turned a screw in his head” (84).

Discussion Leadership Reminders

Leading a Class Discussion

(adapted from Tim Gillespie)

 

 

The Assignment

 

At some point this quarter you will be responsible for leading a thirty-ish minute class discussion on a work of literature we’ve been reading together. I’ll set out schedules of reading assignments each quarter and you can sign up for a date. Teaching is one of the best ways to learn something!

 

Your main goal is to orchestrate a rich, fruitful discussion. You’ll need to have read the selection, then come up with questions or talking points to guide the conversation. Being discussion leader does NOT mean you have to guide students to a particular interpretation. Your roll will be to ask questions, bring up troubling issues, keep the talk going, and generally ignite good thinking. Your aim is not necessarily to display your learning or insights; your aim is to get your classmates learning.

 

The day of your discussion, you will need to turn in a typed sheet of your discussion questions. Your time as a discussion leader will be graded; this grade will be saved and added to the grade book once each of your classmates has had an opportunity to lead a discussion.

 

Some Advice

 

There are several strategies and approaches for leading a class discussion.

 

Some prefer to throw things wide open from the start with open ended questions like “So what did you make of these chapters? Any questions? Issues? Problems? Anything you are enthusiastic about?” In this approach you are relying on reader response and don’t have a set agenda. You trust that your classmates will jump-start the conversation with their issues. If you are lucky a lively chat will ensue.

Throughout a discussion, you can return to this open ended strategy if conversation lags: “So, what was your response to the incident on page 72?” or “I’m going to read a few lines that this character speaks. What do you make of this passage?”

 

Other facilitators like to start with basic comprehension questions: who, what, when, where? Beginning with these factual questions about basic issues of character and plot gives your classmates a firm grasp on what happened. Next, it’s easy to jump to questions of inference and synthesis, the how and why questions that ask students to make connections and draw conclusions. Avoid getting stuck on only basic comprehension questions. You want to dig deeper.

 

Some facilitators like predictive questions, asking readers to make informed guesses about what will happen to a particular character, how a conflict will be resolved or how the book will end. There is a risk in such questions, since the answers are all speculative, and it’s easy to veer from the actual text. Plus, it puts those who have read ahead in a position of not being able to contribute.

 

However you decide to lead your discussion, you need to have a bunch of good questions prepared. For preparation, I recommend reading your section at least a couple of times, taking notes, and following your own curiosities. Often the best questions are things you’re wondering about that you haven’t come up with answers for yet. You should know the passage better than anyone else in the room.

 

It is the fear of every discussion leader that they will throw out a great questions and be met with a long, deathly silence. Don’t worry! It happens to everyone. The first thing to do is offer a bit of wait time. Don’t bail out on your question right away. People sometimes need a few moments to think. Wait at least ten seconds…it WILL seem like a lifetime…before you give up on your question. You’ll be suprised how often someone rises to the occasion. If silence still prevails, simply say, “Okay, maybe we’re not ready for that right now. Let’s try another question.”

 

Once the conversation starts, let it go where it will. You don’t have to direct it along the lines of your own agenda. If things are cooking along nicely, you may hear reactions to the human issues and moral dilemmas of the characters, comments on the writer’s craft, associations to other works of literature, reference to personal experiences, political and social responses, judgments about the book and arguments. In a good conversation, participants will analyze, evaluate, disagree, defend, compare, change their minds, get new insights, astound others with their ideas – in short, learn.

 

At this point your main job is just to keep things focused an moving for the    half hour or so allotted to the discussion. A few hints to help you do this:

 

Sometimes it’s helpful to ask people to give reasons for their opinions and to             defend their comments with evidence from the text.

 

Keep your classmates focused on the text. If the discussion drifts…bring it     back.

 

Every discussion leader has trouble recognizing people to speak. Figure out   your own method, but work at being equitable. Maintain a sense of who has       been waiting to speak, don’t only recognize your friends, the loudest   individuals or people in one area. Remind folks not to ramble, repeat           themselves or repeat comments that have already been made. Keep track of            the clock so you have a general sense of when your thirty minutes is ending.          Feel free to offer a summary of remarks at the end of the discussion if you    want.

 

Keep the conversation civil and respectful. Don’t let people interrupt others.             Graciously point out errors of fact. Don’t let anyone put down the ideas of          another. All disagreement must occur in an atmosphere of mutual respect. As           the moderator, you probably shouldn’t take a side in any debate.

 

You don’t have to be the predominant voice, if you are you’re probably not   going to have a very rich or democratic discussion. When people ask for            clarification of things they don’t understand in the reading you don’t always             have to have the answer. Present questions and issues to the whole class.

 

Remember, the goal is not to agree or to find a single “best” or “correct” interpretation of a work of literature. Rather, the goal is for us all to grow as readers and humans. We seek together to comprehend, enjoy and use the literature to help us better understand the human dilemma and ourselves.

 

The day of your discussion you will need to turn in a typed sheet of your discussion plan and questions.

 

Have fun! You’re in charge!

 

Class Discussion Expectations

(adapted from Tim Gillespie)

 

 

When You Are Speaking

 

Don’t just assert your ideas; explain them. Because something is stated forcefully does not make it convincing.

 

Give reasons for your opinions. Make your case with evidence. In discussing literature, the best evidence is from the text under consideration – the story, novel, essay, or poem you’re reading.

 

Refer to the text often

 

Be specific rather than general; specific examples are most convincing.

 

Please don’t repeat something that has already been said. Your job is to add new spices to the conversations soup.

 

Don’t ramble or repeat yourself. Saying a thing once and saying it well is the goal.

 

 

When Others Are Speaking

 

Listen carefully. Don’t interrupt. Reflect on what is being said.

 

If you disagree with a comment, explain the reason.

 

Don’t attack a person when you disagree with their idea. Stick to the idea.

 

Be careful not to label (for example “that’s stupid”). A label is not an argument. Make your point. State your reasons.

 

 

For Everyone All the Time

 

Be civil and respectful to each other.

 

Being civil doe not mean we must pretend like we agree, it means we resolve our disagreements respectfully.

 

Being civil to each other has nothing to do with whether we like each other or not.

 

In order to be civil we must listen to others with knowledge of the possibility that they may be right and we may be wrong.

 

Review #1

Things you should know:

 

  1. This is a quiz game, so it’s a quiz grade.
  2. You may work with are two or three people but this is NOT a team grade.
  3. Individual grades will be given and individual papers will be completed.
  4. You may discuss each question with your team but whatever you put on your paper is up to you, and whatever you’ve put on your paper is what your grade will be based upon.
  5. You may not use outside sources (with the obvious exception of #s 18 & 19.
  6. You must submit your answer sheets to my desk by the end of class. This is NOT homework. Any answer sheets not left on my desk at the end of class will be considered as late submissions.
  7. This activity is worth a possible 100 pts.
  1. What’s the definition of the word theocracy?
  2. Use the word swanky in a sentence.
  3. What’s the definition of the word hemorrhage?
  4. Use the word paradox in a sentence.
  5. Write a different conjugation of the word sadistic.
  6. What’s the definition of the word allegory?
  7. What’s the definition of the word incognito?
  8. Write a definition for the word Wit.
  9. Use the word ostracized in a sentence.
  10. Write a synonym and an antonym for the word phony.
  1. main clause,main clause = .

 

Circle one: Comma Splice/ Fused Sentence

 

  1. main clause+ � + main clause= .

 

Circle one: Comma Splice/ Fused Sentence

 

 

 

  1. List the four ways to correct a comma splice or fused sentence

 

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  1. Julie is a real hypochondriac when her stomach hurts, she is certain that she has a bleeding ulcer, and if she has a backache, she believes that she has cancer of the spine. Circle one: Comma Splice/ Fused Sentence. Correct it.

 

  1. My cat Buster loves to nap on warm appliances when he sleeps on top of the television, his tail swipes the screen like a windshield wiper. Circle one: Comma Splice/ Fused Sentence. Correct it.

 

  1. Coordinating conjunctions are also called the FANBOYS. List the word that each letter of FANBOYS stands for.

F =

A =

N =

B =

O =

Y =

S =

 

  1. List at least three subordinate conjunctions.

 

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  1. Create a correctly formatted MLA citation for Catcher In the Rye.

 

 

 

  1. Go to this website <http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/&gt; and create a correctly formatted MLA citation.

 

 

 

 

  1. A &P by _______________________________ and written in _____________________________

 

  1. __________________________ by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and written in _______________

 

  1. Indian Education by _________________________ and written in ________________________

 

  1. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger and written in ______________________________

 

  1. The Crucible by ______________________ and written in _____________________________

 

  1. Complete this list for The Catcher In the Rye by providing an example of each:

 

protagonist ____________________________________

antagonist ____________________________________

foil ____________________________________

round character ____________________________________

flat character ____________________________________

dynamic character ____________________________________

static character ____________________________________

plot conflict ____________________________________

inciting incident ____________________________________

rising action ____________________________________

falling action ____________________________________

resolution ____________________________________

theme ____________________________________

motif ____________________________________

symbol ____________________________________

tone ____________________________________

mood ____________________________________

setting ____________________________________

diction ____________________________________

irony ____________________________________

epiphany ____________________________________

metaphor ____________________________________

  1. Complete this list for Indian Education by providing an example of each:

 

protagonist ____________________________________

antagonist ____________________________________

foil ____________________________________

round character ____________________________________

flat character ____________________________________

dynamic character ____________________________________

static character ____________________________________

plot conflict ____________________________________

inciting incident ____________________________________

rising action ____________________________________

falling action ____________________________________

resolution ____________________________________

theme ____________________________________

motif ____________________________________

symbol ____________________________________

tone ____________________________________

mood ____________________________________

setting ____________________________________

diction ____________________________________

irony ____________________________________

metaphor ____________________________________

allusion ___________________________________

  1. What is Coming of age literature?
  1. How are the following examples of coming of age literature?

A &P:

 

The Yellow Wallpaper:

 

Indian Education:

 

Catcher in the Rye:

 

The Crucible:

  1. Draw a Venn diagram depicting the similarities and differences between The Crucible and Half Hanged Mary. Include at least ten pieces of information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Arthur Miller life facts:
  2. __________________________________________
  3. __________________________________________
  4. __________________________________________
  5. __________________________________________
  6. __________________________________________
  7. JD Salinger life facts:
  8. __________________________________________
  9. __________________________________________
  10. __________________________________________
  11. __________________________________________
  12. __________________________________________
  13. If your team completed ALL the questions you get +17.