Put your empathy essay outline in TURNITIN before start of this class.
learning goal: how do the second and third-choice stories compare to the one that evokes the most empathy? Where do they fall short?
group discussions (cf. student discovery paragraph from PDF & Lucille Clifton’s windows and mirrors)
next steps & timeline
learning goal: what is empathy? which of our stories so far evokes the most empathy? how does it do this with the basic fictional elements of setting, character and plot?
intro to paragraph assignment
time to write
Use one, two, or three of the basic elements of fiction in explaining your answer to the question below.
Compose your response in a paragraph that uses the 11-part-paragraph structure.
In each of the three parts of your paragraph, include at least one brief passage from the story.
“The Ultimate Safari” “The Guest” “In a Grove” “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”
Which of our stories evokes the most empathy in readers? How does it do this with one, two, or three of the basic fictional elements: setting, character, teller’s position, plot?
SPECIAL NOTE: YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO REVISE A SECOND ASSIGNMENT ONLY AFTER HAVING COMPLETED THE FIRST REVISION. A REVISION IS COMPLETE, ONCE YOU HAVE RETURNED THE ANNOTATED RUBRIC.
review, revise, re-submit PDFs (acknowledge reading partners in footer of revised PDF, before submitting to TURNITIN)
intro to odes, Neruda
Given this morning’s announcement from Membean (see below*), I am changing the first assignment.
The same instructions apply–EXCEPT that the period for completing them is now two weeks, instead of one. This means the period to complete the learning sessions runs from Monday Oct 2 to Sunday Oct 15 (instead of Oct. 8). In other words, you now have two weeks to accomplish a week’s worth of learning sessions.
We’re very sorry that some parts of Membean (primarily the word trainer) are not functioning right now. We wanted to be proactive in communicating this with you.
Last night (at 8:45 pm PT) we reached an unexpected limit in a region of our database. We have a fix in progress but because of the massive volume of data that we need to copy it’s taking quite a while. The unfortunate effect of this limit is that student word training won’t function until the fix is complete.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR ME?
Your students will not be able to train until we fix this. No training data is lost.
a) You can issue assessments and your students can take them from their dashboard. We know that this is an important Friday activity.
WHEN WILL THIS BE FIXED?
We are still assessing the time needed to resolve this issue. We’ll keep you posted of any resolution or updated estimate. . . . We expect to be back to normal by the end of Saturday [Oct. 7].
– Your friends at Membean
In your reading journal, record your thinking about this question:
Which of the four stories we have studied evokes the most empathy in its readers? How does it do this? How does its evocation compare to that of its two closest* competitors?
*This adjective was added 12:50 Thu Oct 5
learning goal: what gifts do we inherit from the four short stories we have read so far–as readers, writers, thinkers, human beings?
For example, which of the four stories evokes the most empathy in its readers? How does it do this?
check reading journals
individually, and in small groups: Guiding Questions for Fiction
small group presentations
individual writing time
reminder re membean
learning goal: how can fictional stories encourage us to see the good around us?