After writing our summaries, we moved on to a new unit of study entitled ‘Wilderness Survival.’ Today we finished reading and discussing Jack London’s short story, “To Build A Fire.” While we continued to work on discussing setting, characters, conflict, complications, and resolution, students also argued for or against some of the key concepts in the story. A lively discussion ensued today, and it was a pleasure to listen to students as they discussed their opinions, especially when those opinions were based on facts from the story.
This week, we will begin wrapping up our first unit of study in the Holt text: Telling Stories. We have read several short stories, and now we will move on to summary writing. Students will have the option of writing a summary on “The Wise Old Woman” or “The Landlady,” which are both stories from our textbook. The summary should focus on characters, setting, and plot. When discussing plot, students should identify the conflict, climax, and resolution of the story. The assignment should only be a few paragraphs, but students should try to keep the ideas in time order. The best way to do this is to use appropriate time order transitions, such as first, next, and finally.