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4-10-14
Multi-cultural Books
Agenda Books talks (multicultural) Genre review
w/additional book talks Additional work on unit
plan and minilesson Follow up on formal paper
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BOOK TALKS
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To understand any writing, we have to know what
its genre is, and we have to know how that genre
works. Prof. Bart Ehrman, Dept. of Religious
Studies, UNC
Musical genres Classical Pop Rock Hip-hop Country
Jazz Big Band World Folk Soundtracks Reggae Ska
YA lit genres Historical Contemporary
realistic Fantasy Science fiction Graphic novel
(???) Multi-cultural Adventure Romance Paranormal
romance Sports Horror Nonfiction
Composition genres Exposition Description Narra
tion Persuasion Summary Analysis Research
paper Letters business letter friendly
letter bad news letter Essay question
response
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Genre Review
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
  • a.k.a. problem novels
  • characters from lower-class families
  • settings less than idyllic often harsh
  • language colloquial (or lower)
  • vicarious experience of bad situations rather
    than models of good ones

Issue Whats the proper role of school? (to
offer good models only?)
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Romanticism
  • counterbalance to realism (happy endings)
  • generally involves a quest/leaving home
  • protagonist undergoes trials, but prevails
  • extreme sufferings (nightmare quality)
  • unlikely successes (happy daydream quality)

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Adventure, Mystery, Horror, Humor
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A Good Adventure Story Has
  • a likable protagonist with whom readers can
    identify
  • action that draws the reader quickly into the plot
  • an adventure in which readers can place themselves
  • a setting that doesnt get in the way of the story
  • efficient characterization

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Mysteries (sub-genres)
  • Amateur detective
  • Cozy mystery
  • Puzzle
  • Thriller
  • Private eye
  • Police procedural

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Scary, Scary/Funny, Funny
  • Scary elements
  • haunted house
  • curse
  • darkness
  • rituals
  • protaganist initially oblivous to evil
  • Humorous elements
  • ambiguity
  • exaggeration
  • incongruity
  • irony
  • surprise
  • word play

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Historical Fiction
  • Setting that is integral to the story
  • Authentic rendition of time, place people
  • Believable characters with whom reader can
    identify
  • References to well-known people or events
  • Evidence that, even across time, people face
    similar problems and have similar emotions
  • In short, the story lets the reader live in
    another time and place, at least for a while

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Learning history through fiction nonfiction
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Fantasy Science Fiction
- includes rites of passage
- may include external manifestations of internal
struggles
- may occur amid great turmoil
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Lesson Plan (for next week)
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American Lit
Persuasion Letter from Birmingham Jail
Understanding Audience
Writer/Audience relations
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Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Mon
Tues
American Lit class, Black History Month Study
Letter from Birmingham Jail as key document in
12-day unit on persuasion
First week Rhetoric/persuasion lecture study
sample texts and speeches practice analyzing and
writing persuasive text, begin reading YA novels
(civil rights era) Second week
Watch/read/analyze I Have a Dream speech
discuss novels (focus different perspectives
about civil rights movement and MLK in
particular) lecture on audience analyze
texts for clues to target audience or multiple
audiences practice writing for different
audiences begin targeted analysis of Letter
from Birmingham Jail Third week Monday
presentation of analytical papers Tuesday
written test on persuasion SSR with other YA
novels
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.Writing.11-12.1 Write arguments
to support claims in an analysis of substantive
topics or texts, using valid reasoning and
relevant and sufficient evidence.
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Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Mon
Tues
American Lit class, Black History Month Study
Letter from Birmingham Jail as key document in
12-day unit on persuasion
In groups of 3-4, read opening paragraphs of
selected persuasive pieces. (Each group has a
different text.) Identify specific words or
phrases that identify the audience or that give
clues about characteristics of the audience.
Write down each word or phrase, then identify or
describe the audience characteristic. Each group
reads aloud their text, then lists on the board
the clue words/phrases and the audience
descriptors. Each group draws a slip of paper
with a target audience. Only group members see
the paper. Each group collaboratively writes a
letter or memo to the target audience. Goal
persuade the audience to sanction Senior Skip Day
the day of prom. Each group reads its message
aloud. Other class members rate its effectiveness
for the target audience.
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To let you "test drive" a tiny piece of the unit
before turning it in, and to give you a little
practice using the detailed lesson plan that you
will need to use during student teaching, you
will present a minilesson in class on April 10.
You will complete the entire lesson plan for a
90-minute class, but you will teach only a piece
of the lesson, maybe 15 minutes in duration. The
lesson will be ungraded, but I will provide
feedback to help you make adjustments as you work
on the unit.
Create a unit. Complete the detailed lesson plan
for one day. Turn in the lesson plan for
feedback. Teach a 15- to 20-minute segment of the
lesson (as if we were students in the target
class). Questions?
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About the formal papers
Always start with the instructions
Conventions Topic of interest to teachers MLA
or APA format Usually formal tone though some
publications allow a more informal,
colleague-to-colleague tone Informative
title Standard intro-body-conclusion Visuals
(graphs, charts, images) if helpful Claims are
supported with credible evidence Credible
evidence usually means other scholarly sources
As long as your paper relates somehow to YA Lit,
you have a great degree of latitude with the
specific content the point is for you to learn
more about some aspect of YA Lit that is of
interest to you, and to share that knowledge with
the rest of the class. The paper is "formal" in
the sense that it should be appropriate for
publication in a professional journal. Write your
paper "for" a specific journal, following the
publication guidelines for that journal. (Note
Choose a publication that solicits manuscripts of
at least 800 words in length.)
Composition genres Exposition Description Narra
tion Persuasion Summary Analysis Research
paper Letters business letter friendly
letter bad news letter Essay question
response
Genre Journal article
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Next week (really!)
Book Talk 7 (multi-cultural) Teach a minilesson
from you unit
April 24
Book Talk 8 (humor, sports, adventure,
romance) In-class description of unit Unit plan
due (on wiki)
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