Room by Emma Donoghue
Module 6 - November 17 - December 5 / Chapter Five "Living"
Mini Lesson #1
Theme is the primary topic of a text and what the author has to say about that specific topic.
It is your task while reading to try to identify the theme of “Room” so far. Think about how you would support your thinking using textual details.
#1 - Class reads: 243 - 256
Mini Lesson #2 - What Are Significant Quotes?
Today we will analyze significant quotes from our novel, “Room”. You will also practice identifying what quotes you think are significant to the story. The ability to analyze significant quotations helps us to deepen our analysis and understanding of what we are reading. We can learn more about the different themes in the novel by deeply thinking about quotes from the story. Some themes we have considered so far are: Separation, Physical Relationships, Reality Vs. Fantasy, Motherhood, Fatherhood, and Home.
We will continue to see similar themes as we progress through the novel, plus some new themes. You want to think about “What is the topic, what is this about?” and “What is the author trying to say about this topic?” Once you identify the theme, analyze the quote using that lens. How does the quote illustrate the theme? When you are finished, search for two quotations on your own, and identify why they are significant.
Read pages 267 - 280
ASSIGNMENT # 2 - Significant Quotes
Read the quotes in the first column. In the second column explain what theme you believe the quotes speaks to. Write in complete sentences, do not just write the topic. In the third column explain what makes this quote "significant". How is it furthering our understanding of the characters or theme?
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Mini Lesson # 3 - What is "Tone" in literature?
Tone in writing is not really any different than the tone of your voice. You know that sometimes it is not “what” you say, but “how” you say it.
It is the same with writing. Every adjective and adverb you use, your sentence structure, and the imagery you use will show your tone. The definition of “tone” is the way the author expresses his attitude through his writing.
The tone can change very quickly, or may remain the same throughout the story. Tone is expressed by your use of syntax, your point of view, your diction, and the level of formality in your writing.
Examples of tone in a story include just about any adjective you can imagine:
Read pages 298 - 312
ASSIGNMENT # 3 - Tone in "Room" - Post in Schoology
Respond to the following questions in two to three sentences:
- Ma is adopted. Her adoptive father visits her from Australia. What is the tone of their conversation? Do you think things may have been different if she was his biological daughter?
- When Jack is clinging to Ma, what is the tone of her response to him? Do you understand why she acted that way? Would you forgive her for it?
- What is the tone of the interview? How would you feel if you were Ma? What is your opinion of the interviewer?
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Read pages 313 - 330.