Should song lyrics be considered poetry? What dilemmas arise when we look at lyrics as poetry? In a blog response, find a set of lyrics to a song that you like and analyze them as poetry? What do you now understand about the song that you didn't before?
Check out RAP GENIUS for some interesting close readings of hip hop songs you might know.
To practice identifying themes as a whole class, let's take a look at some seemingly different works of art to see if we can isolate what they have in common.
Here we have a work of physical art, a song, and a short animated film. What theme do you think these pieces all share in common? What evidence do you have from each piece that helps you determine this?
Find a piece of writing you have done from some point earlier in the year. Then try one of the following exercises to focus on the difference in voice.
Once you have performed one of the above exercises, reflect. What did this exercise teach you about writing (specifically voice)?
Be sure to identify which exercise you've chosen.
Part 1: What are some possible themes that occur in your book? What evidence helps you understand that these are important themes in the book?
Part 2: What are some of the conflicts in your book? What evidence from the book helps you to make these claims?
Part 3: How does the author use characterization in your book? In other words, what happens in the book that gives you insight into the characters? (Think about the way they behave or how they deal with conflict.)
Part 4: Choose five sentences from the final portion of the book that you find particularly compelling. What makes the author's words so interesting? How does the language affect the tone and the mood?
Write a reflection over what you have read in your independent novel so far. Consider some of the literary features of texts we have discussed (conflict, theme, characterization) and add this into your response.
In your response you must construct sentences that show an understanding of each of the six uses for commas that we have discussed over the past two weeks.
This blog will be worth 20 points (4 times as many points as usual) and will be graded on content as well as accurate use of commas.
Tell me about some of the conflicts that appear in your novel. Who is/are the central character(s)? What is standing in their way of achieving their goal? What would you say the CENTRAL CONFLICT of your novel is? How about secondary conflicts? How can you tell the difference?
Reflect over the first quarter of your independent novel. What happened in the book? How are you liking the book so far? What do you think is going to happen next? What are some important themes that you uncovered during your reading this week? Be sure to give strong evidence from the book!
Part 1: What are some possible themes in your book? What evidence do you have to support this?
This year every student at RTHS needs to take the 5 Essentials survey to give a reading on what they think of the school. Please be honest but be thoughtful as you take this. You can get to the survey by clicking on the link below and logging in with your SIS# (which we will give you).