Objective: Students will reflect on the power of words to change minds and actions and will explain their understanding of persuasion.
1. Word of the Day #18: self-effacing
2. Language Lab #15 (From the second page, copy the rule. Then fix the sentence below it by adding correct punctuation.)
3. As a class we reviewed Writer's Notebook entry #18 and discussed how we perceive the social rank of the characters introduced in the first few chapters of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
4. We read the author's introductory notice at the beginning of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and discussed whether it was really possible to publish a book without a motive for doing so.
5. Writer's Notebook #20: What is the power of a voice?
6. We discussed persuasion: What is the difference between changing minds or actions with words versus with force? What is the difference between persuasion and brainwashing? maniuplation? education? preaching?
7. In preparation for a new unit project, we each indicated our individual interest in 19th-century speech topics.
For next time: Read chapters 18-20 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and bring your Writer's Notebook for notebook check #3.