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LA 10 (skills) 10/1/12 (Happy October!)

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Today I started off going over some of the main problems I had as I was grading journals this weekend:

  • Make sure to answer all parts of the question, and answer it completely.
  • Make sure to use complete sentences.
  • Your answer should be at least four sentences (one paragraph) long.
  • Make sure you take any notes about the question that we discuss following the writing.
  • Dig deeper than answering the what part of the question, answer the why of the question for a more in-depth answer.
  • For the book work make sure you clearly label your questions.
  • Book question responses should be written in complete sentences and should be able to stand on their own (avoid unclear language and pronouns, be as specific as possible.)

After going over those tips we addressed the pre-lesson question of the day: What makes a play/movie suspenseful? What puts you on the edge of your seat regarding the story line? Provide an example of a suspense filled scene and explain WHY you thought it was so exciting.

Two of the things we identified that make stories suspenseful are any type of conflict in the scene, when we don’t know what will happen next, and dramatic irony– where we know something that a character doesn’t, which adds to the suspense in a scene.

Next we went through and answered a couple of questions in a worksheet over the textbook and talked about how different parts of a play can help us understand what’s going on.

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Written by CRWashPhillips

October 1, 2012 at 10:57 am

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