On Friday, we explored the similarities and differences between Mildred D. Taylor's novel and selected scenes from the 1978 film version of ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY.
We eloped tiny details and big plots points, conflating characters and characteristics. You all did a great job sharing your observations, and this week we'll craft thesis statements and also consider the essential question: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HEROIC?
As we finish the novel by Tuesday (we'll act out the start of Chapter 12 in class tomorrow), we wil begin to explore what heroism really is. Does being a hero always mean lack of fear? Does it necessitate success?
Can failure be heroic?
Can insignificance be heroic?
Can humor and hope and happiness be heroic?
We will talk about the poignant characters from the novel, Papa's remarkable act of heroism, and more this week. And we will explore one of Mr. Reynolds's all-tome favorite heroes. Ever.
Revisions are coming back to you, one by one, on your Google Documents for your anthology contribution. Keep an eye on your e-mail and you'll see my comments within your piece when you get an e-mail notifying you about it.
Excited to see you all soon!