Can you believe that it's already been one month since we first started our course? Time flies!
During the first part of our lesson, we continues with literary terms. Remember that your book reports are due in two more weeks, so I hope you're almost finished reading your graded readers.
We continued with learning about literary terms. In today's lesson, we looked at symbols in literature.
There is additional information about symbols in the "Reading-Literary Terms" section on the website. The file is called Symbols in Literature.
Remember these points when analyzing symbols:
a. a symbol usually occurs throughout your book
b. a symbol can have one or many meanings
We also learned about situational irony. This type of irony occurs when the outcome of an event or situation is the opposite of what is expected. The result can range from the humorous to the tragic.
The theme of a novel is the message from the author. This is what he/she wants you to learn or the main character to learn. You can ask yourself these questions when thinking about the theme:
Before our discussions, we reviewed Conversational Style. As you know, English conversational style is very different from the Japanese one. During a discussion, you can "jump in" at any time to ask a question or to make a comment. You don't have to wait to be invited to speak during a discussion.
For next week's discussions, remember these points:
1. Discussion Preparation
2. Blog Post #4
3. Journal Topic #4: best friend experience
4. Finish reading your graded reader
5. Secret Garden literary terms (symbols, irony, theme)
Blog Question #4:
What are your plans for the Golden Week vacation?
I can't believe how quickly three hours passed this afternoon. I sure wish we had more time!
We reviewed expression for asking for and giving and opinion, as well as for agreeing and disagreeing. We also had a short practice activity before our group discussions.
Today, we focused on how to check for your group's understanding. You can use these expressions:
a) Are you following me?
b) Are we on the same page?
c) Any questions, so far?
If you're having trouble understanding your group leader, you can ask:
a) Can you explain that again?
b) What was that again?
After the break, we continued with literary terms. In today's lesson, we review the terms protagonist, antagonist and setting through pair discussions about your graded reader.
We also looked at climax and plot development. For your story's plot, there are different types of actions:
We also took a look at conflict, which is the tension in the novel. This is often caused by disagreement between two characters or a group of characters. There is usually more than one conflict in a novel:
a. person against him/herself
b. person against person
c. group against group
d. person / group against nature
e. person / group against supernatural
Blog Question #3:
Answer the following question about your graded reader:
1. Who is the protagonist?
2. Who is the antagonist?
3. What is the point of view?
4. What is the setting?
5. What are two conflicts in your story?
* Write 8-10 sentences.
* Use capitalization, punctuation & spelling correctly.
* Submit by Wednesday, April 29 by 6:00pm.