Persuasive Writing: Ask for examples of extreme sports and ask why some people may seek extreme sports out
-Read the interview with Joe Simpson and Mark Twight’s “Twitching with Twight” and discuss it: For Twight, climbing helps him cut to the core and makes him feel alive.
-On the SAT or ACT test, there are a lot of persuasive writing questions. What they are looking for is a statement of opinion and logical reasons that build on each other all while supporting the statement of opinion.
-Write an extended response, using a statement of opinion and logical reasoning to answer either option 1,2, or 3 on the “Going to Extremes” handout.
Introduce the next piece of nonfiction, “The Interview”
-As you can see with Joe Simpson’s interview, they are often set up with questions and then answers. There is another style for publishing an interview, and this is the profile. We will be reading “Unfinished Buisiness” which is on the topic of death and dying. We are talking a lot about how risk makes you feel alive; in a similar vain, knowing that you are going to die may also make you feel alive.
-Listen to “Live Like You Were Dying” and watch video
-Introduce Elizabeth-Kubler Ross
-Read “Unfinished Business” and think about the questions the interviewer must have asked Ross
-Watch the end of the Bucket List
-What would you have to finish? Use this as a brainstorming to write questions you might ask someone who was dying.
Brainstorm a list of possible subjects that an author could write about
Read Frank Pessado’s personal essays
Homework: Students read and complete the guided reading for “Life without Go-Go Boots”
Students complete an outline for a personal essay
Briefly introduce the next writing assignment:
-You will be asking a question you want the answer to, but one that has more than one possible answer (you have to search for the answer)
- examples: Why do we crave horror movies? Will the world end in 2012? What type of dog should I get?
Notes on informational text and main idea
Students read a sample informational text and determine the main idea and supporting details: Doomsday
Students go to a computer lab to find articles that answer a question they may have and complete a main idea web for both articles. Find two articles that answer one question, or find two articles that answer two different questions. I also want you to make a works cited page for each one
What do you know about this play? Look through the play for information to add to this background information- Acts, scenes, important lines, characters, ending, beginning…
Read about the questionability of this play
Begin notes on Shakey Baby’s life and historical context
Nonfiction unit test
Introduce Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and her findings/theories about dying
What do you think “Unfinished Business” means?
Students read “Unfinished Business” and note the author’s main idea and three supporting details:
[Live so that you have no unfinished business with the people around you who will someday die. Here you are the survivor and it is the people you are close with that are dying. Be open and honest. Say what you really mean. Get all of the negative stuff out of the way so that you can love stronger. Don’t regret not telling someone something even if it might hurt]
Listen to “Live like you were dying” by Tim McGraw and discuss his attitudes/main idea about this subject: [Life is a gift. Have fun while you can and deepen your relationships. Do not wait until you are dying to learn this lesson. Here you are the dying one]