Sunday, November 15, 2015

Close Reading | Socratic Seminars | Reading Fluency Passages

Informational Text Close Reading | Socratic Seminars | Fluency Passages

Common Core Anchor Reading Standard 1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Summary: The Chinese dragon is rendered as a long and serpent-like creature without wings. The Chinese dragon is said to be a strange mixture of several animals.

1. The dragon was the sign of the Emperor and was on the national flag of the late Qing dynasty. The Chinese dragon is rendered as a long and serpent-like creature without wings. The Chinese dragon is said to be a strange mixture of several animals.

2. According to legend, Chinese dragons were supposed to be made of all the world's spare parts. The Dragon in Chinese mythology was a creature of high mountains or underground caves, breathing flames and ready for combat.

3. The imperial throne was called the dragon throne. China was regarded as the land of the dragon and the Chinese people were viewed as the dragon's descendants. Depending on their mood, Chinese dragons could be either playful or frightening. Dragons can be seen in almost all Chinese cities. The dragons decorate ancient monuments and buildings and are sometimes 
depicted playing with a pearl or thunder-ball. The dragon rain God is often depicted with a pearl, to symbolize thunder.

5. The Chinese wrote of dragons in their ancient book, 
I Ching, associating the creatures with power, fertility, and well-being. This is because the Chinese considered a dragon and phoenix as symbolic of the blissful relations between husband and wife. In ancient China, dragons could be found in decorations for weddings or royalty along with dragons.

6. The dragon is a symbol of deep desire, of wisdom and of luck, and has often been used to ward off evil spirits. Therefore, the dragon serves as a symbol of harmony, the fundamental spirit of Chinese culture. Chinese dragons traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, hurricanes, and floods.

7. The dragon was said to have acquired a wide range of supernatural powers. Taoists regarded the dragon as one of the most important deified forces of nature.

Directions: Score your performance in today’s Socratic seminar homework using the following criteria:
5 = Brilliant 4 = Excellent 3 = Good 2 = Showing Progress 1 = Zero Participation
_____ I reread the text three times closely, I ranked the text, and I took Cornell notes on unknown words.
_____ I came prepared to ask HOT questions related to the text. What do you think is the main idea of the story? Why?
_____ I contributed several relevant ideas. Why do you think Laura sails around the world?
_____ I circled specific text evidence to support an idea or theme. The theme is the underlying message, what readers "think the work is about" or 'main idea.'
_____ I asked at least one thoughtful, probing question.
_____ I questioned or asked someone to clarify their comment.
_____ I built on another person’s idea by restating, paraphrasing, summarizing, or synthesizing.
_____ I encouraged other participants to enter the conversation.
_____ I treated all other participants with dignity and respect.

_____ I treated my learning opportunity with dignity and respect

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