While reading this amazing novel, there are several Common Core standards that we will explore. Why is Grendel written in italics? Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. In class assignment: Take out the contents of your portfolio. On a sheet of paper that is divided into three columns, make a check every time you see something that I have identified as a capitalization, punctuation, or spelling issue. On the first day, quarter 2, we will work on this analysis. Take home this data and turn it into a chart. Test grade. Grade 11-12 students: Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to reproduce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text. Assignment: Write a summary of chapters 1-3. Do not repeat the whole plot. Summarize each chapter in one sentence. We have used this definition for a literary theme: “A central message or perception about life that is revealed in a literary work” (Mirrors and Windows 1136. Reflect on your one sentence, chapter summaries and what you remember about the novel in each chapter. What perception(s) about life is Gardner revealing to us? Type this up for a grade. Due 9/3/13 In grade 11-12: Analyze a case in which grasping point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated from text from what is really meant. E.g., satire, irony, sarcasm, or understatement.