File - Larson's HS Class

10th Gr. Week 25 Agenda & Obj.
Monday: Persuasive Writing
• Produce clear and coherent writing…
• Write routinely over extended time frames and shorter time
Tuesday-Friday: Fahrenheit 451
• By the end of Gr.10, read and comprehend literature…
• Cite textual evidence…explicitly as well as inferences drawn
• Analyze a particular POV…
• Determine the meaning of words and phrases…
Daily Writing: Lincoln
Choose one prompt to respond to and explain with detail:
• “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool
than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
~Abraham Lincoln
• “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you
want to test a man's character, give him
power.” ~Abraham Lincoln
• Due tonight if not done by EOP: e-mail
me your FINAL essay.
• Due Wed: finish reading 451 & ?s part 4
Monday: Persuasive Essay
• Go through rubric & editing checklist.
• Using your own critical eye and your peers’
• Revise: Remember 5-8 sentences per paragraph.
Look up generic words in a thesaurus (good,
bad, a lot, lots).
• Edit: Any questions? Ask!
• E-mail me your final draft and hand in your
marked up draft and rubric. If you don’t email me by tonight, print it for class on. Don’t
lose your marked up draft and rubric!
[email protected]
Daily Writing: Snow
Choose one prompt to respond to and explain with detail:
• “Advice is like snow - the softer it falls,
the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper
it sinks into the mind.” ~Samuel Taylor
• “A lot of people like snow. I find it to be
an unnecessary freezing of water.” ~Carl
• Due Wed: finish reading 451 & ?s part 4
Tuesday: Movie
Essays? Hand in your marked up
draft and your rubric/checklist.
Notebook title: 451 Movie notes
Take notes on the movie and the
major differences from the novel.
Daily Writing: Winter
Choose one prompt to respond to and explain with detail:
• “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its
turn.” ~Hal Borland
• “I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the
bone structure of the landscape. Something
waits beneath it; the whole story doesn't
show.” ~Andrew Wyeth
• Due Friday (but only get today in class):
Character Presentations
Wednesday: 451
Show me your study guide
2. 5 Methods of Characterization…
Does anyone remember them from
when we read Of Mice and Men?
3. Review methods of
characterization, and copy notes in
your notebook on types of
5 Methods of Characterization
1.Physical Appearance
•Most common
•Anything physical about the character.
•Includes height, skin, hair and eye color,
short/tall, skinny/fat, wear glasses?, how
he/she walks/stands, anything physical
about the character.
Example of physical description:
Methods of Characterization
Example of Physical Description:
The soldier wore his dress blues for
the event; shined black leather
shoes that shone in the light,
perfectly pressed pants and a jacket
displaying his rank. He was a tall
man that stood out in a room.
Almost six foot seven inches, he
towered over most of his peers.
5 Methods of Characterization
2. Attitude
•How the character appears to feel
about what is happening to him/her in
the story.
•Similar to how you may describe your
attitude if you were in a similar
5 Methods of Characterization
Example of attitude/appearance:
“She suffered constantly, feeling that all the
attributes of a gracious life, every luxury, should
rightly have been hers.” – from “The Necklace”
In this quote from the popular short story we
learn that the main character’s attitude is one of
resentment, feeling that she deserves a better life.
5 Methods of Characterization
3. Dialogue
•Dialogue is the way in which a character
•Dialogue includes the characters choice of
words and syntax (the WAY he/she talks).
•Is the character serious? Angry? Sarcastic?
Shy? Obnoxious? Ignorant? Etc…all these
qualities can be conveyed through the
characters dialogue.
5 Methods of Characterization
4.Reactions of Others
•How other characters in the story react
to or treat the character that you are
•Reactions include verbal responses and
physical or emotional treatment.
•Character reactions can tell you if the
character you are analyzing is liked or
disliked, popular, honest, trust-worthy
5 Methods of Characterization
Example of Reactions of Others:
In a story the way other characters interact
with each other can reveal a lot about the
characters. In the story “The Secret Life of
Walter Mitty” by James Thurber, Walter’s
wife treats him with an almost boss-like
motherly attitude rather than a loving wife.
This reveals to the reader that his wife finds
him to be incompetent or unable to
accomplish things on his own.
5 Methods of Characterization
5. Action or Incident
•An action or incident and how it affected them
or how they reacted to it.
•What action did the character take when
confronted with a certain situation.
•Is there an incident in the characters past that
has shaped them as a character and affected
the way they look at their life.
•The action or incident determines the way the
character develops as the story goes on.
5 Methods of Characterization
Example of Action or Incident:
In the novel, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton we
learn that the narrator lost his parents in a
car accident when he was young. This
accident happened before the story began
and is affecting the development of the
main character. In a character description
you could explain how this incident affects
the characters development and give
examples of its effect.
Notebook title: Types of Characters
•Protagonist: "good guy" or
•Antagonist: "bad guy" “villain”
•To remember which is which,
remember that the prefix pro means
good, or positive, and the prefix ant
means bad, or negative.
•HOWEVER, the more literary correct
definitions are as follows…
•The protagonist is the central character
of a story. The protagonist can be male
or female, and is written as being
"good" most of the time, but in some
instances can be "bad." The plot of the
story is often written in the
protagonist's point of view.
•The character that causes or leads the
conflict against the protagonist is called the
antagonist. The antagonist is not always
human, but can be a group or force as well.
Whatever the protagonist does that is good,
the antagonist will work to counteract.
Usually the antagonist attempts to disguise
him/her/itself. This usually creates the
suspense in a story.
• The protagonist and antagonist are distinctly
different, and in most cases, complete opposites.
They can both be very complex though. Just
because the protagonist is the central character
in the story does not mean that he/she/it is any
more complex than the antagonist. When trying
to identify the protagonist and antagonist in a
story, think about which character is central to
the story and which character (or what force) is
acting against that central character.
• Who is the protagonist in Fahrenheit 451?
Who/what is the Antagonist?
Round/Flat Characters
• Let's begin by thinking about round and flat
characterization like a painting. If you're an artist,
you must decide how much detail to put into a
painting. Do you want many lines and many colors,
or just an outline and only black and white? As an
author, you must decide how much detail to
include about each character. Which characters are
most important; how will giving detail, or not
giving detail, affect the story?
Round Character
•Characters that are described in depth,
with many details, are well-rounded
characters. They are called round
characters. If you're reading a story and
you feel like you know a character
extremely well, then most likely the
character is round. The main character
in a story is almost always round, but
there are exceptions.
Flat Characters
• Characters that are not described well, that you're
not given much information about, are flat
characters. Consider a drawing: a three
dimensional drawing gives more detail than a one
dimensional drawing. If you draw a flat picture of a
house, for example, you can only see one side of it.
You cannot see three of the four sides. This is how
a flat character is; you can only see a few
characteristics of the character. There are many
things you cannot "see", or many details you are
not given by the author.
Round or Flat Characters
• As a reader, judge whether or not the character is round or flat
by trying to write down characteristics of the character. Answer
the question: What do you know about the character? If your list
is long, with many characteristics, then the character is round. If
your list is short, or there's not many characteristics at all, then
the character is flat.
Static or Dynamic Characters
• The key word when dealing with the difference between
static and dynamic characters is "change." The type of
change, though, is specific. We are only concerned with
internal changes; changes which occur within the
character. These would include a major change in their
personality, or a change in their outlook on life. Another
important change that a character may undergo is a
change in values, or it could be an overall change in the
nature of the character. Do not focus on changes that
happen TO a character, but rather, changes that happen
WITHIN a character. Think about it this way: Does the event
affect the character by changing the character internally?
Static Characters
•In order for a character to be
considered a static character, the
character must remain basically the
same throughout the entire story. The
character does not undergo any
internal changes. Think of static
characterization like plastic surgery.
The character may change in looks, but
unless their personality is affected, the
character is static.
Dynamic Characters
• A dynamic character is a character that undergoes
an internal change sometime between the
beginning and end of the story. The change in the
character is usually crucial to the story itself. Say a
main character goes through a life-altering
experience, such as a race car driver getting into
an accident. If the driver's personality changes and
he is no longer willing to take on the risk of driving
a race car, the character would be dynamic.
Static or Dynamic Characters
• In order to distinguish static characters from
dynamic characters, write down a description of
the inner character at the beginning of the story, in
other words, what do you initially learn about the
character's personality? Answer these three
questions: How does the character feel about
his/her/itself? How does the character act towards
others? What is the characters goal? Do the same
thing and answer the same questions at the end of
the story. Usually, if you're dealing with a dynamic
character, you will be able to notice a difference
between your personality descriptions as well as
between the answers to the three questions. If
there is no major difference, the character is static.
5 Methods of Characterization
• Go over rubric & characterization worksheet.
1. Fill out a characterization worksheet.
2. Determine what type of character you have (round,
flat, static, dynamic) and explain WHY you think so
using examples from the text.
3. Draw a portrait of your character.
Please be more creative than just a stick figure! You’ll be
presenting these on Friday (no time tomorrow in class)! If you’re
not prepared Friday, you’ll have to wing it.
Abdikafi & Deqa & Sumaya: Captain Beatty
Fardosa & Osman & Iman: Clarisse McClellan
Abdirahman & Najma: Mildred Montag
Muna & Yusra: Guy Montag
Fatah & Fadumo: Professor Faber
Daily Writing: Mythology
Choose one prompt to respond to and explain with detail:
• “I guess darkness serves a purpose: to show
us that there is redemption through chaos. I
believe in that. I think that's the basis of Greek
mythology.” ~Brendan Fraser
• “I'm obsessed with Greek mythology. My
favorite goddess is Artemis. She's strong and
reminds me of Katniss, the heroine of 'The
Hunger Games.” ~Isabelle Fuhrman
• Due tomorrow: Character Presentations
Thursday: 451
Map a timeline that depicts the
development of the story.
Include the most significant turning points, but
also lesser events that build tension.
Note points of the plot diagram: Exposition
(Introduction), Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action &
The neatest, most complete timeline will receive
late HW passes.
3. Done with your timeline early? = work
on character presentation!
4. Present timelines
Daily Writing: Equality
Choose one prompt to respond to and explain with detail:
• “Coming generations will learn equality
from poverty, and love from woes.”
~Khalil Gibran
• “Equality may perhaps be a right, but no
power on earth can ever turn it into a
fact.” ~Honore de Balzac
• Final unit test on Thursday – ALL vocab
and ?s from the novel
Friday: 451
Good job on your timelines! Osman &
Fardosa and Fadumo & Fatah worked
together the BEST -- present! 
Present character analysis:
Hand in your rubric before you present,
and your character worksheets and
poster after you present.
As always, anyone not
engaged/respecting their peers will
receive a point off of their presentation.
3. Move on to discussion on theme…
Friday: 451
What is a theme?
Themes in Fahrenheit 451?
Journal title: Theme on [Topic]
Reflect on what lessons you think
Bradbury is trying to share with us with
his story.
Use examples from the text to support
your opinion.