Unit One Storytelling
We are currently finishing up our first unit of study- Storytelling. After studying the elements of a story, we analyzed a variety of short stories. The critical think question that guided our investigation was, "What would the impact be of changing one or more elements of a story? " In other words, "How do the elements interact with each other?" Each student took their favorite story and changed one or more of the elements creating new a fantastic stories of their own. If you would like to read a few of these stories, check out our Gallery.
Our next question was, "Are the elements of nonfiction the same as fiction?" So, we are now reading SE Hinton's novel The Outsiders which deals with many real life issues. One of those issues is the impact of harsh parenting on children's behavior. We read a nonfiction article dealing with this topic and are now comparing how that author and Hinton dealt with this topic in their story. We are finding that we have to read nonfiction with a very critical eye to determine if we are just getting "the facts" or if there is a hidden message or "a bias" we must consider. This will help us as we move into Unit Two: Research. We will focus on topics that fall into the era that our novel is set in, the 1960's. We are going to team up with Mrs. Fleisher's science class and focus on scientific advances , discoveries, and people of note in the science field of that era.