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2014 Something About a Dragon

Useful links
Our narrative glossary of terms
Board of Studies English Glossary - this is a comprehensive glossary of terms related to our study of English - very handy!

Assessment Items Due
  1. POV Essary - write a section of The Hobbit from another point of view (generally you will be writing in first person POV, rather than third person omniscient).
  2. Fill out the glossary of terms for a narrative novel, filling in examples of each section from The Hobbit. Download the Word document 'Examples of Narrative Terms from 'The Hobbit' - this is in the files list at the bottom of this page.
  3. Write your own fantasy short story  500/700 - 1500 words. Look back on the features of the fantasy genre (creating a new world, having fantastical creatures in it etc.). Refer to the example of stage 4 essay below.

27/8
Students continue work on writing from another POV essays
Teacher models editing writing on the board including:
  • checking for spelling mistakes
  • punctuation and grammar
  • trying to weed out unnecessary words - make the writing more 'concentrated'

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Students work on their glossary of terms applied to The Hobbit.

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1. Students given some time to keep working on their vocab/spelling list - writing the meanings of the words. Then the teacher will say the words so the students can practice writing them without looking. The list is at the bottom of this page - Hobbit Vocabulary.
2. Students complete the "comprehension and characterization" sheet. This will be printed in the office.
3. Teacher revisits the sample of Stage 4 students writing with class to see the standard expected of them - this document is at the bottom of this page.
4. Students given time to work on their dramatic readings. These will now be held next Monday and Tuesday.

31/7
Discussion of students next assessment piece - written narrative that takes a different point of view than in The Hobbit. Students nominated their preference for which scene they would rewrite.

30/7
Students review glossary terms and talk about examples they have discovered of these in the Hobbit.
Further discussion about the dramatic reading, and practice readings from students.

29/7
Students practice their dramatic reading in class, and discuss what makes a good dramatic reading. The dramatic readings will be performed on Wed 6th August. The assignment info sheet is attached to this page below.

28/7

Students are tested on their vocabulary and spelling words from The Hobbit.

24/7

Today students will write out the list of vocabulary words for The Hobbit, and repeat each word while covering, then they will have some time to work on their narrative essays, and analysis of narrative of their choice. Students reminded that both items are due tomorrow.

23/7

Students read out their narrative story completed for homework.

Class discuss the narrative structure (file attached below), then each student analyses a familiar book or movie that they know and identify the different parts of the narrative structure.

22/7

For homework, finish off:
Read the sample of narrative by a student to see the standard of good stage 4 work - attached below.
Write your own narrative about the story of Taksaka from the Srimad Bhagavatam. You can read the story here:


Students discuss answers to homework questions:

•What kind of source materials do you think authors of fantasy might draw upon to create  their  imagined worlds?
Ancient mythology, mythological creatures, own imagination, writings of magic and the occult, legends.

• Over the past decade there has been an explosion in the popularity of non-realistic genres. Why do you think fantasy has such a strong appeal for students of your generation?
Real world is getting worse - wants escape, interest in the unknown, special effects etc.


21/7
Our next stop will be discussing a class glossary of terms related to novels. This will give us the words to be able to describe different aspects of the novel. You can view the Glossary here:

This Glossary is a shared Google Doc, so we can all edit it to add new terms as we go along. One of our assessment items for this unit will be to write examples of each of these terms from the novel The Hobbit.

Students answer the following two questions for homework?

 •What kind of source materials do you think authors of fantasy might draw upon to create  their  imagined worlds?

• Over the past decade there has been an explosion in the popularity of non-realistic genres. Why do you think fantasy has such a strong appeal for students of your generation?

16/7
Our first unit is entitled "Something About A Dragon", where we will make an in-depth study of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as looking at descriptions of dragons and other creatures from other contexts.

Today we will first discuss the Fantasy genre, and how it is related to, and differs from the genres of science fiction and paranormal. See if you can do some research on the defining features of these three genres.





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