Monday, October 5, 2015

For Literacy . . .

October 5

Of Mice and Men, Chapter 3

“George’s voice was taking on the tone of confession.” What is this in reference to?

In earlier years, George used to pick on Lennie and tell him to do stupid things. What incident from the past made George stop “having fun” with Lennie?

“Like what happened in Weed.” What is this in reference to?

Word Study:

derision – The sound of voices raised in approval or derision.

receptive – He just sat back quiet and receptive.

lynch – The guys in Weed start a party out to lynch Lennie.

October 5

Creative Writing

Task – Writing Setting Description

When writing a story, a writer does not just include dialogue between characters. To allow a reader to “see” a story, a writer must also describe setting and characters, and a character’s inner thoughts and feelings. Today, you are going to learn how to write a setting description. When we read Chapter 2 of John Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men, the opening scene describes the bunkhouse at the ranch. Here is Steinbeck’s setting description:

The bunkhouse was a long, rectangular building. Inside, the walls were whitewashed and the floor unpainted. In three walls there were small, square windows, and in the fourth, a solid door with a wooden latch. Against the walls were eight bunks, five of them made up with blankets and the other three showing their burlap ticking. Over each bunk there was nailed an apple box with the opening forward so that it made two shelves for the personal belongings of the occupant of the bunk. These shelves were loaded with little articles, soap and powder, razors and magazines. There were medicines on the shelves, and little vials, combs, and a few neckties. Near one wall there was a black cast iron stove, its stovepipe going straight up through the ceiling. In the middle of the room stood a big square table littered with playing cards, and around it were grouped boxes for the players to sit on.

Look carefully at how Steinbeck directs the readers eyes around the room. Study his format. Using Steinbeck’s model, write a setting description of your bedroom.

Visit this site to learn more on how to write setting in a story:


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