Today we talked about Annotations. Students handed in their annotations for the first two paragraphs of "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield after watching a youtube video during which a lecturer points out features about the text to note. The lecturer also addresses the importance of the pre-reading process. Students should have taken copious notes and then afterwards compared their notes to the PDF Teacher Sample copy posted on Edline. Students then took an open note quiz on annotations covering the following questions:
1. Describe the pre-reading process.
2. When you come across a word you don't know, (Jardin, eiderdown, knock) what should you do?
3. Explain the significance of each AND how Mansfield draws your attention to:
Students corrected the quiz in class.
We continued reading "My Greatest Ambition" stopping often to insert observations we made about the character in the margins. Since students have been given a lesson on annotations in the general sense of what is important to note, and then have had the close-reading process modeled for them in class, they have been tasked with the following homework:
1. Read and annotate "My Greatest Ambition" by Morris Lurie, making note of Nu's character. Consider the following questions while reading (a formal written assignment is not required):
What are some characteristics you might assign Nu based on
a. his observations of those around him?
b. rhythm and word choice of his language the way it changes depending on the situation?
c. how his motivation to be a comic changes?
2. Write a journal reflecting on a goal you had an how you fixated your focus on an item (like the brown lipstick example I gave at the end of the hour). How did your feelings about the item change as you accomplished your goal or failed to achieve your goal? What was it about the item that made you desire/cherish it before your actualized or failed at your goal? What was it about the item after goal was achieved/failed that made you think differently about it?