Story Comparisons: Day 1

After our week-long break in honor of Thanksgiving,  my students were welcomed back to class by two vivid images and in-class story time.

12.1.14 Warm Up

This comparison and contrast exercise primed their mental pumps for what lies ahead.  This week we will be taking two stories, comparing them, contrasting them, and translating those thoughts into coherent, engaging, and well-written essays.  The two stories, “The Storyteller” by Saki, and “Thank You Ma’am” by Langston Hughes are very different at first glance, but do possess some similar themes (to be discussed in class later).

Class was wrapped up with a short game of “Hot Potato” where each student had to share an adjective to describe one of the stories before passing the “potato” to another student.  The catch was that each adjective could only be used once.  Needless to say, that became a little difficult for some toward the end of the game.


  • Complete the Unit #2 Vocabulary packet to submit tomorrow
  • Study for Friday’s Unit #2 vocabulary quiz.
  • Read for 30 minutes.
  • Continue work on Genius Hour project.



REMINDERS: (in chronological order)

  • Unit #2 Vocabulary Packet due tomorrow, Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
  • Unit #2 Vocabulary Quiz this Friday, December 5th, 2014
  • Our FINAL Genius Hour Work Day is this Friday, December 5th, 2014 as well
  • Genius Hour projects are due NEXT Friday, December 12, 2014

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