This Side of Home, by Renée Watson, "Summer" Chapters 1-16
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Step One of Six: Read, Listen to, and Annotate the first 16 Chapters of This Side of Home
Read along with another student or an adult. Pause and annotate using the NowComment version of This Side of Home in the blue frame below.
How to annotate on the text embedded below (while listening and pausing):
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Step Two of Six: Play games with these flashcards, and write stories in your journal about reading This Side of Home
Step Three of Six: Read Important Passages from Chapters 1-16 Aloud
Let's read an important section of This Side of Home - "Summer" Chapters 1-16 aloud. Record yourself reading pages in this green-framed VoiceThread. (You will need to log in. You can register if you don't have an account, or ask your teacher.) You should practice first. Also listen to the other recordings on each page.
Step Four of Six: Use Literature Guides to answer one or two of these questions.
Use a Google Doc to compose, share and get comments from peers, revise, proofread, and edit an essay that follows one of the suggested guides. Then post your literary essay as a discussion on Youth Voices.
1. Chapter 1: More than the season is changing, according to the narrator, Maya. What else is changing in her neighborhood? What does Maya want the media to see in her neighborhood and school? Use either "Tracking the Themes / Seguimiento de los Temas or Questioning and Speculating to begin talking about these themes in This Side of Home.
2. Chapters 2-5: Essence, a senior in high school, faces a lot of changes in her life. How do you think these changes will affect her relationships with friends and her mother and family? What impact do you think these changes migh have on her future? Use either Tracking the Characters or Character Traits and Relationships.
3. Chapters ... : Use either: Tracking the Plot / Guía de comentario literario: El seguimiento de la trama or Plot Analysis to write about the stranger's role in chapters 3 and 4.
4. Chapters ... : Use either: Tracking the Plot / Guía de comentario literario: El seguimiento de la trama or Plot Analysis to write about May's response in these chapters.
Step Five of Six: Have conversations by posting comments and replies.
Step Six of Six:Write more comments, this time adding quotations from your research on race and housing in the US and in your city or neighborhood
Annotate Chapters 1 and 2 of Ta-Nehisi Coates's "The Case for Reparations" and the resources in another one of the the blue NowComment frames below. After Chapters 1 and 2 of Coates article, choose articles about neighborhoods near your school or home. Then post new comments and replies on discussions about "This Side of Home Chapters 1-16."
While reading these materials collected by your teachers and other students from various sources, pause frequently and annotate with Hypothes.is or in NowComment about what you are learning about gentrification, race, class and housing patterns. Write about your annotations, using either Adding a quotation... or Quoting a speech.... Copy and revise these notes to add new comments on other students' "This side of Home - Chapters 1-16" discussion posts (literary essays) using the Commenting Guide: Quoting a Source in a Comment.