Static, Dynamic, and Point of View

*Apologies for the lack of post yesterday. I had a meeting that took me out of the building before the day was over, so there was no time to update.

Class began without a WA today since we had book talks; however, I did remind students about Friday’s deadline for getting missing work completed or retaking/revising any completed work. Unless other arrangements are made with me before then, I will close the gradebook at that point since the quarter ends on Tuesday, and I need time to finalize grades.

After book talks, we took some time to review old and new grammar concepts by playing Kahoot! The Kahoot! we used today covered most of the concepts (at least once!) that we have studied since the year started, and it included questions about appositives, coordinate adjectives, and comma splices (the new rules). Grammar is hard, so students are not yet expected to be experts in everything; however, if they felt they really struggled today, I recommended they take some time to review the Kahoots! in the grammar section of my website over the next few days. You can access the one we played today by clicking here.

Next, we turned back to point of view, and students added two new academic vocabulary words to their repertoire:

Static character: a character’s whose point of view does not change over the course of a text.

Dynamic character: a character’s whose point of view DOES change over the course of a text

To see what this looks like “in real life,” we watched the Pixar short “Lou.” (I don’t have an uploadable copy.) Afterwards, students discussed in their groups which characters were static and which were dynamic, and we also talked about the different signposts in the video. For example, there is a Memory Moment in the video that not only gives us insight into J.J.’s original POV, but it also leads him to an Aha Moment that changes his POV – showing us he’s a dynamic character!  Signposts can lead us to some pretty cool discoveries!

Homework:

  1. Read for 25 minutes.
  2. Finish reading/annotating Part 1 of “The Veldt.” Remember: Directions are important!