1. Small Groups - Historical Background
Each member of the group is responsible for a part of the informational text that gives some context and insight into American Realism.
Independently, you will study your assigned topic, take notes, and find the answers to the essential questions relevant to your topic. The notes must provide some context for the answer: the audience must know not only WHAT the answer is, but also must be able to understand WHY this is the answer.
Each group member then will share his/her information with the rest of the small group. The rest of the group will take notes.
2. A. Bierce, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" p. 468.
Read the short story, then download and complete the following assignment. Be prepared to discuss during our Socratic seminar.
3. S. Craven, "A Mystery of Heroism" p.487
a. Read the short story, then download and complete the following assignment. Be prepared to discuss.
b. Essay: Compose a brief essay (introduction, at least one body paragraph, and conclusion). Your assignment must be typed in MLA format and will be graded on the following expectations:
FCA: Essay structure and organization 10 points
FCA: Argument is sufficiently supported with relevant textual evidence from both sources; analysis, explanation, elaboration, explicit connection of all supporting details to the main idea /thesis statement - 20 points
FCA: Conventions and style - 10 points
THIS IS A SINGLE DRAFT ASSIGNMENT. NO FURTHER REVISIONS WILL BE PERMITTED.
4. J. London, "To Build a Fire" and Naturalism p.497
a. Download and complete the following discussion questions-be ready to discuss.
b. Which of the following statements about London's story do you think best reflects naturalist theory?
1. The man dies because he underestimates the force of the bitter cold
2. The man's survival depends on factors over which he has no control.
3. The dog is better suited to the Yukon's environment than the man is.
4. Even with a companion, it would have been a dangerous day for the man to
Choose one of the statements above and compose ACES format response defending your choice.
FCA: ACES structure and organization (10 p.)
FCA: Position is effectively supported with specific textual evidence (10 p.)
FCA: Every statement/observation is sufficiently explained, connected to the main point, and elaborated on (10 p.)
Finish discussion questions for S. Craven's story. See assignment 3a on the left.
Review for quiz on A. Bierce's story. There is no vocabulary on the quiz.
Finish working with J. London's story. Be prepared to discuss tomorrow.
Lesson on Jack London's "To Build a Fire":
1. A brief review of Naturalism. We will discuss the story in the context of this literary movement:
2. Background information-an excellent slideshow created by a fellow teacher:
3.To get a better understanding of the physical setting in the story, watch the embedded clips on what happens in extreme cold: