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Thematic Unit: Speaking Out!
Transcript of Thematic Unit: Speaking Out!
Th1rteen R3asons Why
by Jay Asher
SAR Crossover Practice
Anticipatory Writing Activity
Mini-Lesson Literary Focus: Mood
Mrs. Evelyn Marie Hart-Benavides
Have you ever witnessed an incident that just didn't seem right? What happened? What was your response/reaction? Do you think you responded/reacted correctly? Why? (Answer in at least FIVE
complete sentences. Use your GRAMMAR SKILLS!
Directions: On your own paper, write down the first word that comes to mind regarding the image/word shown to you.
Directions: Based on all the words presented to you and the connections you've made to these words, what do you think are the THEME(s) of the paired texts? Write them down.
Name a MOVIE that relates to these words.
Name a CURRENT EVENT that relates to these words.
Name an EVENT from your life or someone else's that relates to these words.
Guilty as Charged?!
What do ALL these THINGS have in COMMON?
Who is this?
What do we know about her?
How and why does she represent this THEME?
What are some possible STAAR writing prompts we could use this person and her "story" to support?
PAIR SHARE: Fill out your HELP CHART as it applies to this THEME.
We all know that that MOOD can be used to describe a person’s emotional state of being. This word is also used when discussing literature to describe the overall feeling of the work. In this exercise, we will analyze TWO movie trailers to gain an understanding of mood to prepare for similar analysis of the literature we will read for this unit. Use your handout to respond to the trailers.
The Women in Black
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
STAAR SAR Practice
EXTRA Crossover Practice
(at least ONE sentence)
Restate the QUESTION adding in your answer! This means you will use the WORDING of the QUESTION.
(at least TWO sentences)
Cite evidence from BOTH selections to support your answer. Be sure to BLEND/EMBED your text/quotations. ALWAYS use
QUOTATION MARKS. Make sure the evidence APPLIES!
COMMENTARY & CONCLUDING STATEMENT
(at least TWO sentences)
Explain/Elaborate/Expand on your answer and textual evidence.
Add a LIFE LESSON/GENERALIZATION to your answer. (Overall)
The STEPS to effectively ANSWERING a CROSSOVER are:
STAAR Expository Prompt
1. ANNOTATE (mark up) any important words
in the quote, think statement and prompt.
2. Think about what YOU know that will support
the writing prompt.
3. Use a HELP chart to help brainstorm what
4. Prewrite your essay! Remember... You need
an INTRO, at least TWO body paragraphs and
5. Use TRANSITIONAL WORDS and PHRASES to
make your paper flow smoothly.
6. Revise and edit.
7. Write your final copy on your answer sheet.
(26 lines ONLY!!!)
(Mood & Tone)
STAAR: MC Practice
Directions: Create a foldable using the following words below:
First off... Let's review what MOOD and TONE are
- The overall feelings or emotions that a text creates for the reader.
- Tone is the author’s attitude toward a subject. Tone is set by the setting, choice
of vocabulary and other details.
Next, let's look at words/phrases that connect to mood/tone.
writer's overall feeling -
The following words/phrases will be found in MC and SAR questions that pertain to mood and tone.