Jul 16

Welcome Students and Parents!


Welcome_largeWelcome to the online presence of Mrs. Gastelum’s 7th Grade Advanced Language Arts Class.  On this site you’ll find information you’ll use for class as well as useful resources to help you excel in Language Arts. My goal is to prepare you to be successful in English 1 Honors your 8th grade year.  That means we are completing requirements for both 7th and 8th grade Language Arts, so be prepared to work hard.

Check the calendar for the class agenda and use the links provided to visit the school and the library websites.

If you are absent, it’s your responsibility to find out what you’ve missed.  Visiting this site will help you do just that.

Parents, if you haven’t already done so, please contact our office at 386-329-0588 to get your Skyward account so you can check the grade book as often as you would like.  This is a great way to stay on tops of things.  Students who have parents with Skyward access often do far better in their classes.  You are also encouraged to sigh up for text messages through remind.com.  Information is available on this site and provided by me on the first day of school.

Remember if you have any questions you can always email me at dgastelum@my.putnamschools.org.

 

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Aug 20

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Aug 16

Grammar Rock!

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As you watch the videos, complete the Grammar Rocks! information sheet.

Be prepared to share and discuss your answers.

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Jan 07

5 Ways to Write Better Arguments

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Oct 21

Characterization

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Characterization is a literary device that is used step by step in literature to highlight and explain the details about a character in a story. It is in the initial stage where the writer introduces the character with noticeable emergence and then following the introduction of the character, the writer often talks about his behavior; then as the story progresses, the thought-process of the character. The next stage involves the character expressing his opinions and ideas and getting into conversations with the rest of the characters. The final part shows how others in the story respond to the character’s personality.

Characterization as a literary tool was coined in the mid 15th century. Aristotle in his Poetics argued that “tragedy is a representation, not of men, but of action and life”. Thus the assertion of the dominance of plot over characters, termed as plot-driven narrative, is unmistakable. This point of view was later on abandoned by many because, in the 19th century, the dominance of character over plot became clear through petty bourgeois novels.

Types of Characterization

An author can use two approaches to deliver information about a character and build an image of it:

1. Direct or explicit characterization

This kind of characterization takes a direct approach towards building the character. It uses another character, narrator or the protagonist himself to tell the readers or audience about the subject.

2. Indirect or implicit characterization

This is a more subtle way of introducing the character to the audience. The audience has to deduce for themselves the characteristics of the character by observing his/her thought process, behavior, speech, way of talking, appearance, and way of communication with other characters and also by discerning the response of other characters.

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Characterization is an essential component in writing good literature. Modern fiction, in particular, has taken great advantage of this literary device. Understanding the role of characterization in storytelling is very important for any writer. To put it briefly, it helps us make sense of the behavior of any character in a story by helping us understand their thought processes. A good use of characterization always leads the readers or audience to relate better to the events taking place in the story. Dialogues play a very important role in developing a character because they give us an opportunity to examine the motivations and actions of the characters more deeply.

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