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What Would You Do With Three Wishes?

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What Would You Do With Three Wishes?
What, of This Goldfish, Would You Wish?
by Etgar Keret

Warm-up: If you found a talking goldfish that granted you three wishes, what would you wish for?
In this story, the main character Yoni wants to make a documentary where he knocks on the doors of random strangers in a part of the world with lots of conflict and violence to ask them this simple question from your warm up.
Can we get two volunteers to reenact what Yoni will do in the story? One student will knock on the classroom door with a video camera and ask the question; another student will open the door to answer the question? We'll record the exchange with an ipad and watch the video footage!
Background:
Conflict in the Middle East
Activities:
1. What is Close Reading? View Close Read example video on page 3 of digital textbook

2. Read story to analyze character and point of view

3. Complete independent Close Read activity (see handout, lines 116-130)

4. Discuss story using Accountable Talk conversation techniques (see handout)
HOMEWORK (DUE NEXT CLASS)

1. Analyzing the text (p. 10) – students work independently to answer questions 1-7

2. Critical Vocabulary (p.11) – complete task

3. Read Language and Style: Formal versus Informal Tone – Read info

We will check work next class so get it done!

Day 2:

1. Check homework
2. Complete extension project - group research and C-REE-REE-C analytical paragraph (see Edmodo for details)
Collection 1:
Ourselves and Others
"We, as human beings, must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves"
This collection explores how we interact with other people - family, enemies, neighbors, strangers, and those whom we disagree
Day 2 Warm-Up:

Is there anything you've ever done that you'd like to take back, to reverse in the way that happens in the story we read yesterday? If you could turn back the hands of time to change one thing, what would it be? Would you use one of your three wishes to do this or would you just live with the mistake?
Group Discussion Using Accountable Talk:
Connection to Real Life and Current Events

1.
How do the events in this short story relate to current events you've heard about recently in the news? For example, what types of conflict did you learn about during your group research projects on conflict around the world?

2.
How might it relate to the Trevon Martin shooting, the Mike Brown shooting, the Jonathan Ferrell shooting, the Rendisha McBride shooting, and the general tendency in our culture to fear strangers who approach our homes and knock on our doors, responding to them with violence and aggression?

http://www.policestateusa.com/2013/unarmed-man-shot-police-seeking-help-serious-car-accident/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2502396/Rendisha-McBride-Michigan-teen-died-shotgun-blast-face-autopsy-reveals.html

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2014/jun/05/police-homeowner-shoots-man-knocking-wrong-door/

3.
Was the use of force in the story justified? Why or why not?

4.
What could Yoni and Sergei have done differently to avoid the escalating conflict?
The Wishing Song

I wish I had a coat of silk, the color of the sky.
I wish I had a lady fair, and then a butterfly.
I wish I had a house of stone that looked down on the sea.
But most of all I wish that I was someone else but me.

(Madeleine cheers up Gonzo)

No I don't have a coat of silk, but I still have the sky.
No I don't have a lady, but there goes a butterfly.
No I don't have a house of stone, but I can see the sea.
Most of all I know that I am happy to be me.
I'm happy to be me.
Here's a SATIRE of the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:
General Housekeeping:

1. Edmodo and my.hrw.com - check sign up procedures. Anyone unable to get in? Review calendar and posts on Edmodo. Discuss. Review weekly SAT self-study expectations. Review how to attach files to correct assignment (i.e. issues with submitting Character Sketches in the right place).

2. Supply check - I will check supplies later today or tomorrow when you're working on an independent activity related to this story.

3. Classroom Managers - Assign for first month (August/September) and review expectations.

4. Seating - Practice different seating arrangements (A-Z, self-selected pairs, assigned pairs, self-selected fours, assigned fours, Socratic Seminar/Fishbowl)

5. Cellphone Parking Lot - Practice procedures for putting phones in parking lot.

6. iPad Procedures - Review expectations for iPad use, screen presentation, sign iPad release forms.

7. Textbook Sign Out

8. Food Reminder - No food or drinks in classroom.
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