Day 111: Plot Summaries

1. Wordskills 3.16-3.19. If you were absent, be sure to get the notes!

2. Simon Says. We played a round of Simon Says to reinforce the meaning of a few terms that will be used on the benchmarks next week: conciseness (short, to the point), clarity (easy to understand, clear), coherence (makes sense logically).

3. Summaries of novels we’ve read. Students wrote a one-sentence lead summary of either To Kill a Mockingbird or Of Mice and Men. A good one-sentence lead might be: “Of Mice and Men tells the tragic story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers during the Great Depression in California” (from Wikipedia). Then, students tried to divide the novel they chose into 3-5 narrative sections. For instance, To Kill a Mockingbird might include four sections:

  1. naive childhood – Jem, Scout, and Dill play games
  2. changes and disturbances – Jem begins growing up, Scout goes to school
  3. the trial
  4. the aftershock of the trial, including Tom’s death and the attack on Scout and Jem

Each of these sections would be written as one paragraph in your plot summary. If in a group, each member should write one paragraph.

4. Planning sections of plot summary. Students used W31 (download here: Plot Summary) to plan out the different narrative sections of their novels and assigned plot summary sections to each group member.

HW: Plot summary due Monday. We will work on it in class tomorrow.