Grace Lin Read & Annotate Book Club: Starry River of the Sky (Book 2, Weekly)
Read the second novel in the Where the Mountain Meets the Moon series aloud in class and annotate the text, as we discuss it in depth and develop our close reading and annotation skills over ten weeks.
Alaina Bell Gao
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over 10 weeks
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Although this is a companion novel to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, comprehension of this novel does not depend upon knowledge of the characters or places in the first novel. There are areas of overlap, but each story is unique and independent. The students will read and annotate the novel in class as we discuss it, so there is also no need for the students to complete that day's reading ahead of the class. At the same time, this type of close reading is different from leisure reading,...
CRAFT AND STRUCTURE: DICTION & FIGURARTIVE LANGUAGE - CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.4 . . . analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.4 . . . analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a . . . section of a story . . . CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.4 . . . including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts. STRUCTURE - CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.5 Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.5 Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.5 Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style. POINT OF VIEW - CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.6 Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.6 Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.6 Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.6 Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor. KNOWLEDGE OF LANGUAGE: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.3 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.3 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.7.3 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.3 Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening. VOCABULARY ACQUISITION AND USE: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.4 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.4 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.7.4 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5, 6, 7, and 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.5 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.5 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.7.5 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.6 Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships (e.g., however, although, nevertheless, similarly, moreover, in addition). CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.6 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.7.6 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.8.6 . . . gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
We may have some reading after each class to finish up what we do not manage to complete in class. Additionally, the students should write one paragraph each week (after class) about how the author's choices impact the beauty, power, and message of the novel. They should support their conclusions with quotations from the text.
Each student must have a personal copy of Starry River of the Sky (Grace Lin) that they can annotate with: A) a pencil and highlighter, B) sticky notes and a pencil, or C) an electronic app (highlighting, circling, underlining, adding symbols, and adding comments).
Upon parent or learner request, I will provide anecdotal comments and feedback.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Alaina Bell Gao
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318 total reviews
154 completed classes
Hi! My name is Alaina Bell Gao, and I am an Ontario-certified (Canadian) English teacher with 15+ years of professional teaching experience. Teaching Style: ● Share the joy of learning ● Welcoming class culture ● Patient and cheerful...