Friday, 12/5/14

Let’s wrap up your pre-reading mini book!


You guys did a nice job on your pre-reading mini books yesterday– they look nice and crispy, to use Jason’s word.  Today you have the last 4 pages to fill in, and you will do this work in stations around the room with the documents provided.

Page 3: Primary documents of rewards for runaway slaves (online here and here)

Read through the reward posters and respond in your mini books.

  • What do you notice about the language used to describe enslaved people?
  • What questions do you have?
  • What feelings do the documents evoke?

Page 4: Science fiction

Read through the definition of science fiction and use page 4 to respond.

  • What are some of the characteristics of science fiction?
  • What makes science fiction different than fantasy?
  • Have you read or watched any science fiction before?  If so, what?

Page 5: Quote

Read through the quote from pages 36-37 of Kindred (the first one listed here) and respond on page 5.

  • What is Dana witnessing in this passage and what does she say about it?
  • What do you think about her point that seeing something in person is different than seeing it on TV or in a movie?  Do you have any examples of when something felt very different in person than it seemed on TV or in a movie?

Page 6: Journal writing

On page 6 of your mini book, do some deep thinking and writing about the information you’ve learned before reading this book: an interview with and biography of the author, a definition of the genre of fiction, primary documents from the book’s time period, and excerpts from the book.

  • What questions do you have about the book?
  • What is your overall sense of what the book is about, and of what it will be like to read it?
  • What are you looking forward to?
  • What are you worried about?

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