Hope you have all enjoyed your weekend and are ready for another exciting week!
We’re going to be taking a closer look at subordinating conjunctions and how to punctuate them for our grammar topic this week. You will have another quiz on Friday to test your understanding of this concept. Another thing to keep in mind is that you are accountable for the rules that we’ve learned over the past several weeks. This means I expect you to continue using the correct “their/there/they’re” and “your/you’re.” This also goes for the fact that “a lot” is actually two words!
Instead of doing vocab this week, we’ll be starting our D.E.A.R. time. I’ve been steadily adding to the list of book recommendations on the blog and still plan to keep adding different categories and titles. We’ll get a visit from the media specialists on Monday, so I’m sure they’ll be able to recommend some great books as well!
Monday we’re going to look at the term “allegory” and figure out exactly what it means and how it applies to Animal Farm and other works of literature. We’ll also read the picture book Terrible Things and do a short writing about it.
Tuesday we’ll get back to reading Animal Farm and will read chapter 6 in class together. I know that you guys like to read it in class and I do too because it gives us a chance to talk about what’s going on and make sure we’re all on the same page. We’ll also get some more practice doing a close reading of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
Wednesday we’ll continue on with our close-reading of “I Have a Dream” and talk about what techniques King Jr. uses in his speech to make it effective and moving.
On Thursday, we’ll read chapter seven of Animal Farm in class and begin discussing propaganda and how it is used not only in Animal Farm but in real life situations as well.
And to finish up the week, we’ll continue with our propaganda discussion and look at a few more real life examples of propaganda. You’ll also get the chance to find examples of propaganda in Animal Farm. Over the weekend, you’ll have to read chapter eight of Animal Farm, but I know you guys can do it!
Also just a reminder: you will be writing an essay on Animal Farm once we finish reading the novel. We’ll discuss this essay in great detail during class but if you want to start looking for examples now it’s never too early to start! One thing to keep an eye out for is how language is being used to manipulate the different animals on the farm. It’s a reoccurring theme, which lets you know that it’s important!
I’m looking forward to another great week! See you all Monday!