Standard: RL.9-10.10. By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9–10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Learning Target: Students will read an encyclopedia entry on monsters and begin their anchor text for this unit, Kafka’s “Metamorphosis”.

Activator: The Metamorphosis – Part I

Today we’re going to start reading our Big Reading for this unit, but FIRST we’re continuing with our nonfiction reading. Whoohoo! We’re starting off with an entry in the Myth Encyclopedia that’s appropriately titled “Monsters.” With a partner, I want you to read the article I give you, in any way you choose (you may read silently then discuss, alternate paragraphs reading aloud, have one person read aloud to the other, whatever you like). After you’ve finished reading the article, consider the definitions you wrote yesterday and work together to revise your definitions into a new one.

Your end product should be a 2-3 sentence concise definition that accurately explains what it means to be a monster. Yes, I’m grading it this time.

After we finish with this article, we’re going to start reading our Big Reading for this unit. This is a story entitled “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka. We watched a summary video of it at the beginning of class, but for simplicity’s sake let me give you a two-word run down of this story. It is 1.) Long and 2.) Complicated.

Excited yet? We’re going to read aloud today, popcorn style, the first half of Part I of the story. That’s page 1066-1072 in our book, stopping at the end of the first paragraph on 1072. If you’re reading online, you’re reading to the sentence “his sister began to cry.”

This is a VERY hard text, guys. So we’re going to run through it very slowly and carefully and do a lot of checks for understanding. We will finish part 1 this week, and when we return from spring break we’ll do a little review before we dive right into reading part 2 :)

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