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Greater Expectations

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Creative Commons Wednesday October 14, 2015

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Greater Expectations

Hey, Luka! How are ya?

Oh, um, hi, Ms. Dee. I'm fine.

Today's Agenda

-Charlrles Dickens

How did the reading go over the weekend? What do you think of the novel?

Um, fine, yeah...it's alright I guess...

Today's Agenda

-Charlrles Dickens

Today's Agenda

-Charles Dickens

Ms. Dee was full of energy, loved her students, and shared her passion for literature with them every chance she had. Lately, however, she had started to notice that they didn't quite reciprocate her enthusiasm.

If I say "no," she'll think I'm dumb, but I'd be lying if I said "yes"...

I can't believe that Ms. Dee is making us read this book! It's so boring and makes zero sense...Luka, did you understand it?

Well, um, I think Pip is kind of a neat character, but it is kind of confusing...she'll probably go over it! She always makes sure that we know what's happening.

Ugh!

Alright, folks, today we're going to start taking a look at tone and mood as we read Dickens. Who can help me out with what these two words mean in literature?

Tone mood

I wonder if it's anything like tone and mood in music...probably not.

This class is so boring...who cares?

Ms. Dee, how is this going to help us understand the novel? I don't think we can find the tone and mood if we don't get what's going on.

Stella, that's a great question! Tone and mood will help you understand how the characters and the author feel during different parts of the novel. You're actually going to be pairing up with somebody and working on one of the chapters together.

Partner work: 1. Pick chapter 2.Discuss events 3. Identify tone & mood 4. Teach the class

Want to try working together, Stella?

Oh, um, sure...

Sometimes, I think my students underestimate themselves and one another. I like to have them work together and figure out just how much they DO know without me telling them. They learn best by working through challenges together, and creating their own knowledge: "Greatness in [learning] engages students, interacts with them, draws energy and direction from them, and offers reasons to plunge into classroom life" (Ayers 97).

I guess we can just look up all this tone and mood stuff on Sparknotes or something. I still don't get it.

At the library later that day

Uh...well...don't you think we should at least try to take a look at the chapter and figure it out?

Well. I guess we can look at it...

Oh, man. Well, maybe since it's just Stella and not the whole class, I can tell her about what I know from music lessons.

So how do you suggest we "teach" this to the class? They'll all fall asleep because it's so boring.

Okay, so in music, the tone and mood are what make the piece real to the listeners. What if we go through the chapter and figure out what makes the story real to us?

What do you mean? How is the story anything like music? And how do you know that?

Well, uh...I play the piano. I mean, I'm not very good but I take lessons and stuff. And my music teacher is always telling me that the tone of a piece is what puts the audience in a certain mood. I wonder if that's sort of how it works with books too.

Wow, Luka, I never even thought of that! Hmm...we could try it, I guess. My mom always tells me to "watch my tone." Think that's part of it?

Yeah! It's the way something is expressed. Let's take a look at one of the most powerful chapters. I know you said you didn't understand a lot of it. Should we look through it together and see if we can understand it while we look for the tone and mood?

Whoa. Quiet Luka plays the piano? Who knew?! And he's actually really smart. Why doesn't he speak up in class?

Okay, sounds good to me. Do you think we could go over Chapter 32? I got really confused there.

Um - sure! That's where I started to notice Pip's character really struggling through some tough circumstances.

Phew! That wasn't so bad. Hm. I always thought Stella knew everything since she's always the first one to raise her hand.

Alright, so when I read about Pip, I always think about the way Dickens tells us about the things that are happening to him. I think that's similar to when a musician is playing a piece. If I bang on the piano keys heavily, it sounds angry or choppy, but when I play the notes lightly, it usually has a happier, more cheerful tone.

So do you think Dickens might be doing the same thing with his writing? Like when he describes how Pip reacts to his sister's death?

Yes! Exactly!

Stella, that's awesome!

The next day at school

Hey, Luka! I finished reading that last chapter - wow! It makes so much more sense after you helped me understand the way tone plays into it. I can't wait to keep working on our project today!

I heard that we're preparing our presentations in English class!

Oh, uh, cool! See you then!

Uh-oh...

Alright, all you cool kids! Today you're going to be working with your partners. Your assignment is to present one chapter from Dickens' novel and talk about how tone and mood are developed at that point in the story. The presentation can take any shape or form that we have used this year, and both partners have to participate!

I know Luka is very quiet and shy, so I was a little surprised that he and Stella paired up, since she is always willing to participate. It will be "risky" for him to open up but what I really hope is that what he learns from the process is much more meaningful than the actual presentation.

Uhhhh...

Hey, so I was thinking! Since your musical exlanation of how a musician's tone influences the audience's mood helped me completely understand tone and mood, why don't we try to incorporate that in our presentation?!

Crap! That would mean that I'd have to talk in front of the whole class - unless - hmm, maybe....

Well, um, I don't know if I could explain it that well again...now that you get it, you could explain it!

No way! I have an even better idea!

Imagine this: I can talk about Pip, now that I "get" him as a character. You get to be Charles Dickens, the pianist. You won't even have to say a word!

Hmmmm...I guess I could handle that since it's Ms. Dee's class.

on the day of presentations, luka and stella made a special request before they began, so Ms. Dee brought the class down to the auditorium.

What am I doing?!

Welcome, one and all! Today you will be hearing a piece from Charles Dickens himself, exemplifying the change in tone between several different chapters. Prepare yourselves for a treat, and pay attention to how your mood changes!

As Stella explained the way the tone changed throughout the novel, Luka played music that matched both the comical and the mysterious tones set by dickens, sometimes even combining the two. THe class was captivated, and the round of applause that followed was overwhelming.

At the beginning of the novel, Dickens sets a tone that changes throughout. As mysterious and bad things begin to happen to our friend Pip, the tone darkens, and the mood of the reader suddenly becomes apprehensive and dark...

Wow, that was actually really fun!

Wow!! Luka, that was amazing!! You totally rocked it, and everyone is cheering for you!

You two!! Whoa!!!!

Thanks, Ms. Dee! That was actually kind of fun!

Stella, you're the greatest. That was an awesome idea - I never would have been brave enough to get up in front of our class before...and it was actually kind of fun!

Are you kidding, Luka?! That was incredible! Thanks for helping me understand the story...and tone and mood. I guess English isn't so bad after all.

What a great pairing! Sometimes, even I can't plan how these things wll turn out but I always know that the "experience of building skills builds confidence and a sense of competence" (Nakkula 71). I can't think of a better way to show my students that they are both valued and valuable than having them learn it with and from one another.

Almost ten years later, MS. Dee received a surprise package at school...

A CD? Hmm...."Greater Expectations - Luka & Stella" ......in dedication to our favorite teacher, the one that started it all........

Greater Expectations Hey, Luka! How are ya? | Oh, um, hi, Ms. Dee. I'm fine. | Today's Agenda | -Charlrles Dickens How did the reading go over the weekend? What do you think of the novel? | Um, fine, yeah...it's alright I guess... | Today's Agenda | -Charlrles Dickens Today's Agenda | -Charles  Dickens | Ms. Dee was full of energy, loved her students, and shared her passion for literature with them every chance she had. Lately, however, she had started to notice that they didn't quite reciprocate her enthusiasm. If I say "no," she'll think I'm dumb, but I'd be lying if I said "yes"... | I can't believe that Ms. Dee is making us read this book! It's so boring and makes zero sense...Luka, did you understand it? Well, um, I think Pip is kind of a neat character, but it is kind of confusing...she'll probably go over it! She always makes sure that we know what's happening. | Ugh! Alright, folks, today we're going to start taking a look at tone and mood as we read Dickens. Who can help me out with what these two words mean in literature? | Tone mood I wonder if it's anything like tone and mood in music...probably not. | This class is so boring...who cares? Ms. Dee, how is this going to help us understand the novel? I don't think we can find the tone and mood if we don't get what's going on. Stella, that's a great question! Tone and mood will help you understand how the characters and the author feel during different parts of the novel. You're actually going to be pairing up with somebody and working on one of the chapters together. | Partner work: 1. Pick chapter 2.Discuss events 3. Identify tone & mood 4. Teach the class Want to try working together, Stella? | Oh, um, sure... Sometimes, I think my students underestimate themselves and one another. I like to have them work together and figure out just how much they DO know without me telling them. They learn best by working through challenges together, and creating their own knowledge: "Greatness in [learning] engages students, interacts with them, draws energy and direction from them, and offers reasons to plunge into classroom life" (Ayers 97). I guess we can just look up all this tone and mood stuff on Sparknotes or something. I still don't get it. | At the library later that day | Uh...well...don't you think we should at least try to take a look at the chapter and figure it out? Well. I guess we can look at it... | Oh, man. Well, maybe since it's just Stella and not the whole class, I can tell her about what I know from music lessons. So how do you suggest we "teach" this to the class? They'll all fall asleep because it's so boring. | Okay, so in music, the tone and mood are what make the piece real to the listeners. What if we go through the chapter and figure out what makes the story real to us? What do you mean? How is the story anything like music? And how do you know that? | Well, uh...I play the piano. I mean, I'm not very good but I take lessons and stuff. And my music teacher is always telling me that the tone of a piece is what puts the audience in a certain mood. I wonder if that's sort of how it works with books too. Wow, Luka, I never even thought of that! Hmm...we could try it, I guess. My mom always tells me to "watch my tone." Think that's part of it? | Yeah! It's the way something is expressed. Let's take a look at one of the most powerful chapters. I know you said you didn't understand a lot of it. Should we look through it together and see if we can understand it while we look for the tone and mood? Whoa. Quiet Luka plays the piano? Who knew?! And he's actually really smart. Why doesn't he speak up in class? | Okay, sounds good to me. Do you think we could go over Chapter 32? I got really confused there. | Um - sure! That's where I started to notice Pip's character really struggling through some tough circumstances. Phew! That wasn't so bad. Hm. I always thought Stella knew everything since she's always the first one to raise her hand. Alright, so when I read about Pip, I always think about the way Dickens tells us about the things that are happening to him. I think that's similar to when a musician is playing a piece. If I bang on the piano keys heavily, it sounds angry or choppy, but when I play the notes lightly, it usually has a happier, more cheerful tone. So do you think Dickens might be doing the same thing with his writing? Like when he describes how Pip reacts to his sister's death? | Yes! Exactly! Stella, that's awesome! | The next day at school | Hey, Luka! I finished reading that last chapter - wow! It makes so much more sense after you helped me understand the way tone plays into it. I can't wait to keep working on our project today! I heard that we're preparing our presentations in English class! | Oh, uh, cool! See you then! | Uh-oh... Alright, all you cool kids! Today you're going to be working with your partners. Your assignment is to present one chapter from Dickens' novel and talk about how tone and mood are developed at that point in the story. The presentation can take any shape or form that we have used this year, and both partners have to participate! I know Luka is very quiet and shy, so I was a little surprised that he and Stella paired up, since she is always willing to participate. It will be "risky" for him to open up but what I really hope is that what he learns from the process is much more meaningful than the actual presentation. Uhhhh... | Hey, so I was thinking! Since your musical exlanation of how a musician's tone influences the audience's mood helped me completely understand tone and mood, why don't we try to incorporate that in our presentation?! Crap! That would mean that I'd have to talk in front of the whole class - unless - hmm, maybe.... Well, um, I don't know if I could explain it that well again...now that you get it, you could explain it! | No way! I have an even better idea! Imagine this: I can talk about Pip, now that I "get" him as a character. You get to be Charles Dickens, the pianist. You won't even have to say a word! | Hmmmm...I guess I could handle that since it's Ms. Dee's class. on the day of presentations, luka and stella made a special request before they began, so Ms. Dee brought the class down to the auditorium. What am I doing?! | Welcome, one and all! Today you will be hearing a piece from Charles Dickens himself, exemplifying the change in tone between several different chapters. Prepare yourselves for a treat, and pay attention to how your mood changes! As Stella explained the way the tone changed throughout the novel, Luka played music that matched both the comical and the mysterious tones set by dickens, sometimes even combining the two. THe class was captivated, and the round of applause that followed was overwhelming. | At the beginning of the novel, Dickens sets a tone that changes throughout. As mysterious and bad things begin to happen to our friend Pip, the tone darkens, and the mood of the reader suddenly becomes apprehensive and dark... Wow, that was actually really fun! | Wow!! Luka, that was amazing!! You totally rocked it, and everyone is cheering for you! You two!! Whoa!!!! | Thanks, Ms. Dee! That was actually kind of fun! Stella, you're the greatest. That was an awesome idea - I never would have been brave enough to get up in front of our class before...and it was actually kind of fun! | Are you kidding, Luka?! That was incredible! Thanks for helping me understand the story...and tone and mood. I guess English isn't so bad after all. What a great pairing! Sometimes, even I can't plan how these things wll turn out  but I always know that the "experience of building skills builds confidence and a sense of competence" (Nakkula 71). I can't think of a better way to show my students that they are both valued and valuable than having them learn it with and from one another. Almost ten years later, MS. Dee received a surprise package at school... A CD? Hmm...."Greater Expectations - Luka & Stella" ......in dedication to our favorite teacher, the one that started it all........

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