Short Story Unit – English 9 – Mrs. Hummel Stories for study (from Crossroads): 1. 2. 3. 4. “The Long Journey” p.292 (questions p.295 #1abc) “A Major Malfunction” p.152 (questions p.258 #1abc) “On the Sidewalk Bleeding” p.35 (questions p. # “Borders” p.46 (questions p. #1ab and ) ) Unit Assessment: 1. Response journals that incorporate subject material from class discussions, the short story, and the student’s own personal life. 2. Vocabulary quiz 3. Short story question package that shows evidence of depth of response and note-taking. 4. Writing extension activities – to be announced as the unit progresses. Will require library research. Assessment Rubrics: 1. Response Journals – Every two weeks you will hand in three response journals. Two of the response journals will be marked out of three based on form, and you will choose one response journal to edit and workshop with a peer, and it will be marked out of ten and be based on meaning. (32 marks total) Form Meaning Not Yet Within Expectations (1) - the middle and ending may be weak in relation to beginning - sequence may be illogical -may shift abruptly from one idea to the other; often written as a single paragraph Not Yet Within Expectations (0 - 4.5) - ideas and connections are not developed -attempts to summarize, but misinterprets key elements -unable to provide evidence or offer relevant references to the text Meets Expectations (2) - beginning introduces the topic and attempts to engage the reader; includes a clear middle and an end - sequence is logical - links ideas with appropriate transitions; most paragraphing is logical Minimally Meets Expectations (5 - 7) - ideas and connections are generally straightforward and clear; unevenly developed - focuses on retelling, showing basic and often superficial understanding of elements and key features -references to the text are vague, not convincing Fully Meets Expectations (3) - develops smoothly, from an interesting introduction to a logical conclusion. - follows a predictable sequence - uses a variety of transitions to establish connections among ideas; related ideas are grouped; logical paragraphing Fully Meets Expectations (7.5 - 9) - ideas and connections are fully developed and show depth - logically describes and analyzes key features; goes beyond retelling - provides appropriate quotations and other text references as evidence Exceeds Expectations (9.5 - 10) - ideas and connections are fully developed with some originality, maturity, and individuality -thoroughly describes and analyzes elements and key features, dealing with subtleties and nuance - chooses and integrates quotations and other text references effectively 2. Vocabulary Quiz – given at end of unit. The quiz will be comprised of story vocabulary and literary terms. Words to define: Vocabulary “The Long Journey” Plagiarism Procrastination (1st Terminology Point of View rd person, 3 person, objective) Irony Character (protagonist, antagonist) “A Major Malfunction” Parallel Malfunction Scimitar Theme Setting Metaphor “On the Sidewalk Bleeding” Bias Ignorance Rumble Lurched Ambush Foraging Conflict (internal and external) Plot (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution) “Borders” Pride Citizenship Border Allusion Flashback Connotation 3. Short Story Comprehension and Analysis Questions – questions are located at the end of each story in the Crossroads text. For this assignment, I expect the following: Complete the set of questions before the class designated. Leave some space between each question so that you can add to your response or correct your response. Take notes during the class discussion. Using a different colour ink will allow me to easily see your additions. If you miss a class, I’ll expect to see the questions up to date as per the calendar. Marks in the rubric will be pro rated to the number of sets turned in. That is, if three sets of the four are done (75% complete), the maximum mark possible for each sector of the rubric would be 75%. This is a self-correcting assignment; at the end, you should have a rich set of notes about the short stories. Total Not Yet Within Expectations F / C- / C Meets Expectations C+ / B Fully Meets Expectations A /20 Completeness and Depth 14 Additions and Corrections 6 - Set is incomplete or completed in a minimal way. - Certain questions may be blank. - Errors of grammar, diction, etc. are common. - Appears done in haste. - Additions to notes are scattered and often absent. - Level of note taking appears minimal. - Leaves incorrect responses stand. - Set is complete and of sufficient depth. - Errors are minimal. - Appropriate level of language - Appears to be done in a clean, readable copy. - Additions are common and consistent. - A good level of note taking is apparent. - Corrects responses with some consistency. - Set is complete and shows a great deal of depth or response. - Basically error-free. Elevated level of language, style, and grammar. - Appears to be organized and highly legible. - Additions are rich and fully included. - A strong level of note taking is in evidence. - Corrects responses in a thorough and concerted way. How to get an “A”: To answer your comprehension questions thoroughly and thoughtfully, you must understand what the question really asks and address all parts of the question. You will need to do the hard work of rereading and researching. You need to write in complete sentences and explain your conclusions. WHEN YOU ANSWER IN COMPLETE SENTENCES, YOU HAVE TO THINK MORE DEEPLY, AND YOU LEARN MORE.