Mr. Kovach 1st and 2nd period reading group discussion

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Godreads essay due 2-17-14

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message 1: by Mr. Kovach (last edited Feb 13, 2014 05:43PM) (new)

Mr. Kovach (ckovachfranklinboeorg) | 28 comments Mod
PRE-ASSESSMENT FOR ANALYTICAL READING UNIT (for use in class only, not at home)

First, read the selection on the table at the front of the room. Read it CLOSELY, analyzing it for a clear theme or central idea. Underline or circle where there is TEXTUAL EVIDENCE that can support your claim of a theme or central idea. Put a STAR next to each character's name the first time you see it, and then put an ASTERISK next to something about each character that shows what kind of a person they are (smart, angry, caring, resourceful, etc.).

Next, WRITE AT LEAST THREE PARAGRAPHS to answer the following four questions. (Don't answer the questions directly - write three paragraphs that together answer them.) You will earn 25 points per complete paragraph, and more points for textual evidence and examples of writer's craft (as explained below).

1) State a clear idea or claim about a theme or central idea in the story.

2) Support your idea with at least three examples of textual evidence.

3) Explain how the evidence supports the theme or central idea.

4) Discuss the author's craft, including literary techniques (setting, mood, tone, symbolism, repetition, dialogue, imagery, figurative language).

REMEMBER THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT WRITING IS TO JUST WRITE! So just write lots and lots, talking about the things in the four questions above and you'll do fine. Write PARAGRAPHS, together as one essay - don't number your answers.


message 2: by Dwayne (new)

Dwayne | 9 comments THE theme of this story is that if you say something you have to stick to it


message 3: by Dwayne (new)

Dwayne | 9 comments in the text she says that ITS NOT HER SWETER AND IF IT WAS SHE WOULD NOT CLAIM IT. you can see that SHE DOES NOT LIKE THE SWETER AND ITS UGLY SO that means that she shouild stand her ground and stick to that or tell her mom that the teacher is forceing to were something she dont want to where


message 4: by Cbranscomb (last edited Feb 18, 2014 03:46PM) (new)

Cbranscomb | 18 comments 1) I think one of the Themes is that it is ok to feel younger than you are.

2) My first textual evidence is when Rachael said that getting older in years are like layers in tree trunks they will stay with you so if you cry thats your three years old side to you or if you want to sit on your mom or dads lap thats your five years old side. For my second textual evidence she also said that she said when her mom cries that she is just feeling three years old and it is okay. Then she said for my third textual evidence that when your older you sometimes feel like your way younger and thats okay.

3)The evidence shows how she was trying to say that even if you feel younger than you are it is okay because everyone does sometimes and your younger years are apart of you and she stated in the text saying that it is okay to feel younger than you are, she said this when said that she would tell her mom she was just feeling three years old and that it was okay to cry.

4) The author showed how the Protagonist was thinking and how she felt setting the mood she also told what the other students or kids were trying to do and show there character traits.


message 5: by Sak786 (last edited Feb 17, 2014 05:44AM) (new)

Sak786 | 20 comments 1) State a clear idea or claim about a theme or central idea in the story.

2) Support your idea with at least three examples of textual evidence.

3) Explain how the evidence supports the theme or central idea.

4) Discuss the author's craft, including literary techniques (setting, mood, tone, symbolism, repetition, dialogue, imagery, figurative language).

The claim of the story, is not be scared of any one, stand up for your self don't let any one put you down, be the stronger person. For an example, Sylavia Saldivar had pointed out that the ugly sweater belongs to Rachel when it didn't which in the future got her in trouble. Also in the story Mrs. Price would not believe Rachel that the sweater is not hers.


message 6: by Ziare (new)

Ziare | 15 comments 1) State a clear idea or claim about a theme or central idea in the story.

2) Support your idea with at least three examples of textual evidence.

3) Explain how the evidence supports the theme or central idea.

4) Discuss the author's craft, including literary techniques (setting, mood, tone, symbolism, repetition, dialogue, imagery, figurative language).

The main idea is how rachel is getting confused of how old she is so she tries ways to remember so when ever somone says a number she thinks that thats how old she is.

Another supporting detail is when the teacher turned to page 32 then the math problem was 4 so she has a weird feeling in her stomach so it makes her feel like her eyes want to pop out her body.Another thing is that she says you dont feel eleven. Not right away. It takes a few days, weeks even, sometimes even months before you say eleven when you ask you and you dont feel smart eleven not until you're almost twelve.


message 7: by Andry (new)

Andry (CaptAndry) | 20 comments A clear idea or claim about a theme or a central idea in the story is that its talking about in the story is that you can be 1,2,3...but you are always 1 because sometimes you cry and you want to let that 1 out and just forget what you did.Every one has a 1 for crying and a 2 for just being carouse.Not done yet.


message 8: by Rushi (last edited Feb 17, 2014 03:49PM) (new)

Rushi Patel | 33 comments Never let any thing or someone put you down no matter how much they may do something that may hurt your personal character. It is telling you to avoid all things that may put you down like having your secret exposed. It shows how the red sweater has made her fell bad on her birthday.


message 9: by Melina (new)

Melina Garcia (Garcia_x3) | 42 comments 1) State a clear idea or claim about a theme or central idea in the story.
"And when you wake up on your eleventh birthday you expect to feel eleven, but you don't."
2) Support your idea with at least three examples of textual evidence.
You feel the same, like when i was eleven or when i turned eleven last year i felt the same also. but its not the same if you think you feel some type of way than.
3) Explain how the evidence supports the theme or central idea.
the evidence supports the ideas because it goes with it. it makes sense

4) Discuss the author's craft, including literary techniques (setting, mood, tone, symbolism, repetition, dialogue, imagery, figurative language).


message 10: by Kerrifox12 (new)

Kerrifox12 | 20 comments 1) the claim or theme is that it doesn't matter how old you really are it's that you can still feel whatever age you want
2) evidence 1- '' what they never tell that when `


message 11: by Mohamed (new)

Mohamed | 21 comments 1)The theme is that you have to stand for what you say .Like when Rachel said it wasn't her jacket .She


message 12: by Drew (last edited Feb 17, 2014 02:36PM) (new)

Drew | 18 comments 1) State a clear idea or claim about a theme or central idea in the story.

2) Support your idea with at least three examples of textual evidence.

3) Explain how the evidence supports the theme or central idea.

4) Discuss the author's craft, including literary techniques (setting, mood, tone, symbolism, repetition, dialogue, imagery, figurative language).

The claim of the story is that you should stick up for your self. In school your need to be brave. If you aren't you will possibly get bullied. like in the story eleven, sylvia saldiver is bullying Rachel by saying a ugly sweater is hers. This is clearly is the them.The evidence is "Of course its yours i remember you wearing it once"says Mrs.price.

At school when the teacher gave Rachel the sweater she still kept thinking about when she would get home. She was waiting for her mom and dad to sing her happy birthday and her to blow out her candles. Since she is now 11 she is trying to act older and mature. she is doing this because she wants to feel 11 not 10 or 9 or 8 or 7 or 6 or 5 or 4 or 3 or 2 or 1. Rachael just want to feel 11.

At the end Rachael found out whose sweater it was it was. just when she was about to give up hope her problem was resolved.she found the owner and gave it to her. then she just for got a bout it and just hoped to go home soon to her family and have a good time. she forgot about the nasty germs and disgusting cottage cheese smell in the sweater she wore she just wants to have fun and be 11.


message 13: by Sam (new)

Sam | 46 comments The theme of this story is to never let anyone or anything put you down. In the seventh paragraph a fellow classmate of Rachel's, Sylvia states that the red sweater is hers and Rachel almost burst out in tears because of what she says. But she pushes them back and takes control. Nothing can hold her back when she looks at the bright side of things.

At school when she had the sweater she still kept thinking about when she would get home Mama and Papa would sing happy birthday to her. She tries to think and act like an Eleven year old. More mature.

At the end of the story she does wear the sweater but at the peek of her sadness the problem in is resolved. When she gets home from the horrible day in the loving environment, she forgives all of the nasty germs and discusting cottage cheese smell. She is eleven


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