Monday, December 16, 2013

Elie Wiesel: A Dynamic Character (writing project)

IWBAT compose a four-paragraph expository response to literature that describes how Eliezer Wiesel is a dynamic character in Night.
  • Monday: overview, prewrite, and draft body paragraphs
  • Tuesday: draft introduction & conclusion paragraphs
  • Wednesday: finish drafting
  • Thursday: revise & edit 
  • Friday: no ELA class

Key Points:
1. A dynamic character changes (in a big way) during the course of the story, whereas a static character stays the same.
2. A response to literature is writing that shows your understanding and interpretation of literature.

Project Overview:
      • FORMAT         an expository response to literature (essay)
      • AUDIENCE       Mr. T and my teammates
      • ROLE               an awesome, articulate sixth grade writer (myself)
      • TOPIC              how Elie Wiesel is a dynamic character in Night

1. Do Now: Prepositions and Homework Check

2. Prewrite
  • Make a copy of this document into your Google Drive to use for your prewriting and drafting.
  • View prewriting and drafting resources on paper here.

3. Draft
  • You can view an exemplar for this assignment here. (Note, this exemplary essay focuses on Vladek Spiegelman from Maus, rather than Elie Wiesel from Night.)
  • View other drafting resources here.

4. Submit your essay to Mr. T so that he can comment on it (even if you aren't finished):
  • While in your Google document, click Share in the upper-right corner of the window.
  • In the dialogue box, click Change under Who Has Access.
  • Select Can comment from the drop-down list.
  • Click Save.
  • The web address for your essay should already be highlighted (under Link to share). Press CTRL + C to copy the web address.
  • Click Done.
  • Open this Google form.
  • Type in your first and last name and select your homeroom.
  • Then, paste your the web address to your essay by pressing CTRL + V.
  • Click Submit.

5. Revise & Edit

6. Finished Early? Complete these activities:
  • Read about Elie Wiesel and his foundation on their website.
  • Read Elie Wiesel's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech here.
  • Watch these videos:
    • Elie Wiesel with President Obama, outside Buchenwald: click here
    • Elie Wiesel discussing his view on forgiveness: click here
    • Oprah's interview with Elie Wiesel at Auschwitz: click here
  • Read an independent reading book
  • Complete today's activity on TeenBiz3000

  • Monday: draft two body paragraphs (pages 4-5 of packet)
  • Tuesday: draft introduction and conclusion (pages 3 and 6 of packet)
  • Wednesday: Figurative Language in Night + finish drafting response to literature
  • Thursday: The Holocaust Defined + finish final draft of response to literature (on Google Drive)
  • Friday: Winter Break Packet (education essay)
    • Read previous winning contest entries here (including some written by KBA students!)

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