Week of January 9

Weekly Overview:

This week, scholars continue building understanding of Biographies and Autobiographies.

Through a Text Analysis Workshop, we will read, discuss, and write about various forms of non-fiction, including: memoir, personal narrative, autobiography, and biography.


Common Core:

RI 4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language
RI 6: Determine an author’s point of view in a text
RI 9: Compare and contrast one author’s presentation of events with that of another


Weekly Plans:

Monday, January 9:

  • DO NOW: Vocabulary Notes
  • Scholars read and analyze a model memoir text: “from No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War” (pg 803)

Tuesday, January 10:

  • Learn and Review: Literary Language and Devices in Nonfiction Narratives (pg 804)
    Use Note Taking Worksheet Part 2

    • Imagery – language that appeals to our senses
    • Figurative Language –makes an imaginative comparison; not meant to be taken literally
    • Simile – compares two unlike things using ‘like’ or ‘as’ in comparing
    • Metaphor – directly compares two things without a comparison word
    • Tone – the writer’s attitude, or how the author feels about the subject or topic


Wednesday, January 11:

  • Reading to comprehend and analyze biographies and autobiographies…
  • Reading to identify and describe author’s purpose
  • Interactive Readers: “Over the Top of the World”
    • IR:    pgs. 290-295
    • AIR: pgs. 282-287
    • ELL: pgs. 314-321


Thursday, January 12:

  • Reading to comprehend and analyze biographies and autobiographies..
  • Reading to identify and describe author’s purpose
  • Interactive Readers: “Up and Over the Top”
    • IR:    pgs. 296-301
    • AIR: pgs. 288-291
    • ELL: pgs. 322-325


Friday, January 13:

  • Practicing Skills in reading comprehension, identifying author’s purpose, and using academic vocabulary:
  • Interactive Readers: “Over the Top of the World” / “Up and Over the Top”
    • IR:    pgs. 296-301
    • AIR: pgs. 292-293
    • ELL: pgs. 326-327


This Week’s Homework:  Review Vocabulary (Unit 2 and Unit 7)
Quizlet:  Unit 2  Unit 7  

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