Thursday, November 3, 2016

We're beginning Fahrenheit 451--and homework too!.

For the first reading assignment (due Monday, November 7th and Tuesday, November 8th for Jackson's and Schoof's classes), please make notes on the first nine pages or until you read the words: "He wore his happiness like a mask and the girl had run off across the lawn with the mask and there was no way of going to knock on her door and ask for it back" (bottom of page 9 in the book we are reading; middle of page 5 in the pdf version.).

You will need your own copy of the book so you can take notes at home.  We have copies to use in class if you forget it.  
If you lose your copy but desperately need to read for your assigned pages at home, click here:  The page numbers won't match the ones in class but you can still get the work done.  (There are also typos; buy the book!)

For assignment #1 (1-9), stop at the words "...there was no way of going to knock on her door and ask for it back."

For assignment #2 (due 11/9 & 11/10), stop at the words " laughs, very softly" (page 25 in our copy). 

For assignment #3 (due 11/14 & 11/15), stop at page  38 at the words "You've gone right by the corner where we turn for the firehouse."

You can purchase the e-book or paperback on If you buy the Kindle version, you can even choose to add the audio to it for a few more dollars. The public library will also have copies of the audio and print versions of the book.  If you are struggling to do the reading on your own, we recommend the audio version to go with your print version.  Some people are finding this audio helpful--and better than the other free versions:

ALL six signposts are found in the first nine (9) pages so please find at least one example of each.  There are also MANY literary techniques so track a few of those as well.  These notes will be the basis of discussions but also be helpful on quizzes and assessments.

No more Windowpanes….
You must take notes to prepare for your discussion and to do well on quizzes. You should track signposts and answer the anchor questions. You will be asked to summarize your reading in class. You must bring your book and notes every day.
3 options:
•Annotate in the margins
•Use sticky notes

•Use your comp book (2-column notes, mind map, etc.) 
Note that you do more than identify the signposts but also answer the anchor questions.  Here's the bookmark to remind you:

Our reading routine:
Cold read in class (some students may need to finish this at home)
Close read at home and take notes on the signposts like we have been doing in class.  
Short quiz at the start of class (basic
comprehension check)
Small group discussion
Whole group check-in

Short quizzes to check comprehension (Notes checked as needed for grade recovery to to verify reading.)
Group evaluations

Section Assessment (there are three sections) – quiz, writing, recorded conversation, etc.