Reading and Writing Warm-Up “Offerings at the Wall” By Dan Moser What do good readers do? • Monitor comprehension and make adjustments • Infer and visualize meaning • Determine importance • Make connections with new information to background knowledge • Ask questions • Summarize and synthesize ideas Day 1 – Invitation to Notice Day 1: Read and Think In his eloquent introduction to the book, Thomas B. Allen writes that The Wall “became a place for wishes, for futures that could not be. Tucked into a wreath are the things of an imagined life: new baby shoes for a baby who never would be; the pencils and crayons for a first day of kindergarten that never would be; champagne glasses to toast a wedding anniversary that never would be; ornaments for a Christmas tree that never would be.” Day 2: Clarifying • Reread the text • Circle and annotate the text for any words or phrases that cause confusion • Reread for meaning • Discuss with a partner what you found confusing, what you inferred it to mean based upon your textual evidence (justify and defend your conclusion) Day 3 – Learning Target (Reading) What the author says What kind of tone does it invoke What is the effect on the reader Day 4 – Learning Target (Language) But the boy’s weight and the weight of the purse combined caused him to lose his balance so, instead of taking off full blast as he had hoped, the boy fell on his back on the sidewalk, and his legs flew up. Day 5 – Learning Target (Writing) Analyze the use of repetition in the excerpt from “Offerings at the Wall” by Dan Moser. What effect does this have on the tone of the piece? How does it show the author’s purpose for writing it? Be sure to provide textual evidence.