Day 33: Vocab, motifs, and irony

1. Do now: Students wrote a sentence using the word condescending or disdain. Some classes selected motifs if they hadn’t yet.

2. Vocabulary notes. We took notes on Wordskills vocab up to #13.

3. Motif & irony notes. On a sheet of notebook paper headed “Novel Terms” L17, students took the following notes:

  1. motif: any repeated word, phrase, symbol, image, or idea in a text. For example: strength and weakness (strong and weak characters; strong and weak laws; strong and weak buildings; strong and weak handshakes)
  2. irony: the difference between what you expect and what you get

verbal irony: when you say one thing and mean something else. Often used for humor.

examples: sarcasm (“Oh, that’s not creepy at all.”), in To Kill a Mockingbird the narrator describes the fact that the Havertons “dispatched” a man when she really means the Havertons murdered a man.

4. Reading time. Students took some time at the end of class to continue reading. Everyone needs to make sure to add to their Reference Sheet as they read.

HW: Finish reading Chapter 1 of To Kill a Mockingbird. You are welcome to read ahead!

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