Unit: Introduction to High School Academics
This activity will help you meet these educational goals:
You will find and analyze the central idea of a work, including the use of quotes from the work to support your analysis. You will determine an author’s point of view and how their writing furthers their point of view in the work. You will organize and take part in a group discussion, including responding to the answers and point of view of the other participants.
In this activity you will do a critical reading of an excerpt from a personal narrative by John Muir, “A Windstorm in the Forest.” You will then participate in a group discussion to share and construct knowledge collaboratively. You will be expected to initiate ideas and respond to the ideas of others.
Directions and Analysis
Task 1: Analyzing John Muir’s “A Windstorm in the Forest”
In this task, you will prepare for the group discussion by reading and interacting with the given excerpt from John Muir’s personal narrative “A Windstorm in the Forest.” You will apply the techniques of close reading and annotation, which you learned across the lessons in this unit to analyze the text. Note that your teachers may ask you to turn in your annotations.
Evaluating the Topic
Before you meet with your group, research and evaluate the topic on your own. Read the excerpt from John Muir’s “A Windstorm in the Forest” carefully. As you read, reflect on the information that you are evaluating. Consider your personal response to the text and the topics discussed. Conduct further research to enhance your response. You can use this as a foundation when you are ready to form your response to the discussion questions.
You should prepare for the discussion by answering some questions about the content of the text. Please make notes about each question listed:
What is the author’s viewpoint or perspective?