with Angela Harris
Analysis Chapters 1-3
After an open notebook quiz on our new novel's background and author (Chaim Potok) we discussed chapters 1-3. Please make sure to add the following words to your Vocabulary Glossary (and define):
Don't forget to read the introduction in the Glencoe Guide for each set of chapters. I aways put the exact page number of the Glencoe Guide that you need to read on the syllabus. The syllabus has been up-dated to reflect our new schedule due to the missed class. You can find it on the Community Page of Gathering Ink.
Essays for Session I
Since we spent some time last class understanding the Torah, we read through a handout on the Talmud (what it contains and its history). The Talmud plays a significant role in "The Chosen" so we want to have at least a basic understanding of what it is and its history. We also viewed two maps, one of ancient Babylon and one of modern day Iraq. Last week we "mapped" New York City's five Boroughs and the Borough of Brooklyn. I'll introduce a new map each week based on our reading.
The Talmud and Maps
Exploratory essay writing is much more challenging than personal response essays, but I have faith in our students. I will be providing feedback on their individual essays by next week. The following excerpt from one of our handouts is an excellent reminder of what's involved in writing open essays (we're writing a combination of exploratory and investigative). Refer to these descriptions whenever you're feeling confused! Remember: any questions...just ask!
The Open Form Essay >>>>>>>> Tells a story instead of solving a problem. These essays are descriptive and the structure is loose and less predictable. (ex. Letters from the Editor in magazines)
Investigative Essay Writing >>>>>>>> Part open and part closed, but leans toward open form
Adapted from “Help for High School” from Brave Writer by Julie Bogart
The syllabus is up-dated, but if you need a reminder, homework due by our next class on 12/3 is: