MAKEUP BELL RINGER: In your Writer’s Notebook under the last entry, skip a line and write today’s date in the margin. Watch this CNN video. In 3+ sentences, record the setting and event plus explain why footage like this matters.
Recorded this week’s new roots #5-9. See the Roots Page at the top of the blog for details (roots, definitions, quiz, dates, etc.). Our first roots quiz is Friday, and you must know exact root, exact definition, and 1 example word–and spelling counts on it all.
Reviewed chapter 1 annotations and the main character “gang” of friends: Ponyboy, Darry, Soda plus Steve, Two Bit, Dally, and Johnny. Then, we annotated chapter 2 as we read a class, finishing for homework (see homework for annotations).
Remember, ANNOTATE means both WRITING A NOTE in the margin and MARKING A PIECE OF TEXT. I’ve given you the notes in the margins, and it’s your job to mark the text (highlight, underline, box, etc.).
Homework = Annotate chapter 2 as you read. Mark 3 ways PBJ–aka Ponyboy and Johnny–are different from other Greasers (pages 19-26), greaser fighting rules, Johnny’s backstory (31-34), and Cherry’s truth (34).
Book order forms are due back to me by August 31. This form does NOT include The Outsiders. See Book Order post for more details and extra copies of the order form.
MAKEUP BELL RINGER: In your Writer’s Notebook under the last entry, skip a line and write today’s date in the margin. Using your brain + your Thematic Ideas sheet (hot pink in your toolbox tab), list 5 thematic ideas that show up in The Outsiders. Circle the one that’s the strongest.
Reviewed roots #1-9 (see the Roots Page at the top of the blog for details) in preparation for Friday’s quiz. You must know the exact root, exact definition, and one example word–and all must be spelled correctly.
Reviewed chapter 2 annotations–did you see Johnny carries a switch blade now?!–before annotating chapter 3: Cherry explains Socs (38), sunsets (40-41), Ponyboy’s fit (43), Johnny and suicide (47), and the bro fight (49-51).
Spent the last 15 minutes of class checking out books to read for fun in the library.
Homework = First, annotate chapter 3 (click for online book or audio). Second, review annotations for a quiz tomorrow on chapters 1-3. Third, Book order forms are due back to me by August 31. This form does NOT include The Outsiders. See Book Order post for more details and extra copies of the order form.
Thanks to Miss Goebel and Mr. Harwood who led class today while I was out sick.
MAKEUP BELL RINGER: SkipPED a line in your Writer’s Notebook under yesterday’s t-chart. Read the bottom of page 45 (@ “I know”) to the top of 46 (sunset) in chapter 3 (page 36 if you have the other book). In two sentences explain what Cherry means…and why PB feels so badly about it.
Reviewed our roots with a partner/your table group. Our quiz is in 2 days.
Took the reading quiz on chapters 1-3.
Opened books to chapter 3 and annotated page 51 (middle) to 52 (top) –> why Johnny likes to be yelled at/beaten + why the gang isn’t the same as family. Then, read chapter 4, and annotated the following:
- Drowning Pony (55-56)
- Motive (56) … “motive” means a reason for committing a crime
- Dally helps (59-61)
- Where to hide (61)
- How a stranger would see PBJ (63)
Homework = Finish chapter 4 annotations. (Things will get better for PBJ tomorrow–promise.)
MAKEUP BELL RINGER: In your Writer’s Notebook under the last entry, skip a line and write today’s date in the margin. In 2+ sentences, choose one of these prompts to answer: Explain 4+ positive traits of Dally’s according to PB (59-61) OR Explain the symbolism of the county (or the church) as the place PBJ hide out.
Reviewed our nine roots for our first roots quiz tomorrow. See the Example Roots Quiz for what the format will be like.
As a class, we read chapter 5 in The Outsiders, annotating as we read: hair and pride (71), gallant–aka bold, brave, self sacrificing–and hero worship (76), the poem (77), the gun (83), and the spy (84).
- Gone with the Wind = a classic novel published the 1930’s about the South during the Civil War in 1860’s. It glorified the Southern plantation life and presented the Southern gentleman and Confederates as gallant fighters standing up for the rights of their states. Watched a movie movie clip to get a feel for how the romantic view of Southern life might have affected Johnny.
- gallant = (adj) bold, brave, self-sacrificing
Homework = Finish annotating chapter 5 as you read. Roots quiz is tomorrow. GRACE DAY for BOOK ORDERS–turn in tomorrow. See Book Order post for more details and extra copies of the order form…or just give me the $11.50, and I’ll fill out the form here.
Took our very first roots quiz covering roots #1-9 for 25 silver points.
Got back Wednesday’s reading quiz on chapters 1-3 for 16 silver points. Discussed and corrected answers.
Discussed Robert Frost’s poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay” in chapter 5. We talked about how it means that the good/gold things can’t ever last in life–and how they are not supposed to.We do not stay the same, immobile, or in stasis: Life is a cycle, we grow, we become more than we were. In response to this poem, we completed a leaf activity (see me if you were absent).
Started reading chapters 6 and 7. See image below for annotations.
Homework = Finish reading and annotating chapters 6 and 7. There is no school on Monday for Labor Day, and we will have a reading quiz on chapters 4-7 on Tuesday when we return. Be prepared!
Need an audio read-aloud of the book to follow along with as you read? Need a digital copy of the book? Go to The Outsiders Page at the top of the blog for links.