The 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will be spending the next couple of weeks working in small book study groups. Ms. Pothier will be leading a group of students reading the book, Monster by Walter Dean Myers. Mr. Walsh will be leading a group of students reading, Tex by S.E. Hinton, and Mrs. MacDonald will be leading a group reading the book, Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse. Each of these engaging, though-provoking texts has a unique plot structure, well-developed characters, and meaningful, complex themes. Throughout this study students will participate in online books study discussion groups, small group meetings, and whole-class conversations regarding important literary elements. By the end of our book study students will know and be able to:
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text..
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.