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5.5 Seminar "The Fat Girl"


Jason Eiben

on 7 January 2013

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Transcript of 5.5 Seminar "The Fat Girl"

I. Do Now

II. Task 7

III. Notes - Realism

IV. Partner Analysis

V. Exit Ticket I. Do Now

II. Author Bios

III. Dialogue Journals Aim: SWBAT use dialogue journals to help them analyze Andre Dubus's "The Fat Girl" and Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" HW: Read, annotate, and complete Dialogue Journals (5 quotes per story!) Lesson 5.1 Do Now: Complete the Anticipation Guide. Do this SILENTLY and QUICKLY! As we read Part 1 of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", find at least two direct quote that you think contain deeper meaning. Put these in your Dialogue Journal! Aim: Students will study the literary movement of 'Realism' in order to build context for their analysis of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and "The Fat Girl" in Task 7. HW: Re-read and study your notes on "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and "The Fat Girl" for tomorrow's quiz! Lesson 5.2 Do Now: Read the selection and answer the questions that follow. Realistic literature aims for a pleasing and convincing structure of reality and presents a normal rather than magnified perception of the world. It emphasizes accurate, even photographic detail using detailed imagery, and showing rather than telling. Usually the author’s attitudes are hidden or purposefully obscured. Realistic literature apparently represents direct, unmediated experiences. Tends to use images rather than symbols, and avoids complicated rhetorical devices (such as extended metaphors) in favor of more direct and authentic language. Realistic literature emphasizes experiencing every-day, normal activities. It also deals with social/political issues of the day and focuses on the regional or local scene. Realistic literature focuses on characters more than events or plot. It avoids the sensational and includes plausible events. It employs a natural, everyday diction and promotes morality without overt moralizing. Pick one of our short stories from your winter break assignment. Construct a CCEAJ argument that proves that one of these stories is an example of "Realism". "The Fat Girl" by Andre Dubus is an example of Realism because... Wednesday - Task 7 Intro, Realism
Thursday - Quiz, Seminar Prep
Friday - Seminar: OCB

Monday - Seminar: FG
Tuesday- Writing Workshop
Wednesday- Writing Workshop
Thursday- Writing Workshop
Friday- Writing Workshop Aim: Students will prove mastery of their Winter Break reading assignments, and annotate a text in order to prepare for tomorrow's seminar. HW: Finish annotating "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by marking 'controlled' and 'chaotic' tones. Lesson 5.3 Do Now: Clear your desk for the quiz. You may use any hand-written notes, but you cannot have the texts on your desk! I. Exit Ticket Reflection

II. Quiz

III. Guided Annotations Top Response:

"A Slant of Sun on Dull Brown Walls" by Stephen Crane is an example of realism because it uses imagery to show every-day events. In this poem, the author shows the many sounds that make up normal life, and all of these sounds are examples of imagery. The poem makes readers hear the "Rumbling wheels, hoof-beats, bells" which creates the image of traffic on the street. Since realism is based on common, every-day ideas, this imagery of the traffic sounds makes the poem very realistic. Answer parts 1 & 2 using complete sentences. You do not need to write more than one or two sentences to answer each question.

In part 3, define each literary element or concept, and provide an example FROM THE BREAK READING for each. Prompt 1: In what ways are the actions of Peyton Farquhar related to his self-image, and what does this suggest about Ambrose Bierce’s attitude towards southerners?

We will try to answer this question by focusing on DICTION and TONE.

Diction: The intentional choice to use specific words to create specific connotations in a text.

Tone: The apparent mood, feeling, or attitude of a character, narrator, or author in a text. As you read, mark any specific words that you believe create an intentional, added meaning.

As you read, mark any passages that present a "controlled" tone, and any that have a "chaotic" tone Aim: SWBAT examine "The Fat Girl" by Andre Dubus through a seminar discussion in order to analyze the theme of THE EFFECTS OF SELF-IMAGE. HW: Choose a Task 7 prompt and bring your story and any notes! Lesson 5.4 Do Now: Read and annotate the selection and brainstorm two questions. I. Do Now & Questions

II. Seminar

III. Exit Ticket CCEAJ paragraph - In what ways does Louise's self-image change throughout the story, and what does this suggest about Dubus' attitude toward standards of beauty? Your answer should...
1) Contain ALL parts of an argument (CCEAJ)
2) Identify Louise's self-image with evidence
3) Analyze the self-image in order to create an argument about Dubus' attitude toward standards of beauty. Inner Circle:

2nd Period -
Brandon C
Amber Inner Circle:

7th Period -
Jay Darnell
Brandon P
Beatriz Mark
Andy OCB Paragraph:

In the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", Ambrose Bierce constructs a self-image of heroism to criticize the morals of southerners. This can be seen in Peyton's question to the scout that visits his plantation when he asks "...suppose a civilian and a student of hanging should elude the sentinel... what could he accomplish?" Through this question, it is clear that Peyton's understanding of heroism is twisted. He believes that his experiences with lynching makes him a "student of hanging," rather than a murderer. In this moment, it is clear that Peyton, like many other southerners, misinterprets his moral choices, and believes that his actions were justified.
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