Station Eleven Plot Discussion

Performance Indicators: 

P.S ELA-2 Reading Analysis: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

A. Evaluate the relevant themes and synthesize how they are present in the novel in oral and written responses.
B. Interpret the implications of setting and circumstance.
C. Analyze the role of characters in the plot in oral and written responses.
D. Analyze important quotations from the text in oral and written responses.
E. Annotate the text.

P.S ELA-3 Reading Craft and Structure: Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness or beauty of a text.

A. Understand SOAPSTone: Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject, Tone
B. Analyze the plot and/or design of the text, following shifts in time and place.

P.S. ELA-7 Speaking and Listening: Engage effectively in a well-reasoned exchange of ideas

A. Attentively listen to the words of a speaker.
B. Summarize what someone has said.
C. Defend, refute, or challenge the ideas of others.
D. Use evidence to support a position.
E. Organize ideas clearly and logically.
F. Use annotations of the text to contribute to class discussion.

High school English instruction is centered on heightening your intellect.  A common definition for intellect includes:  the faculty of reasoning and understanding objectively, especially with regard to abstract or academic matters.  Our lessons and class activities are designed to raise your ability to reason fairly and justly.  If you stop to consider this understanding, being remarkable, you likely realize that formulating an intellectual response is premised on your ability to be unbiased.  We will pursue this revelation throughout the course.

An emphasis of instruction in the ninth grade English curriculum is centered on structure and purpose.  As we take into account the structure and purpose of fiction, it is appropriate to utilize tools that enhance our ability to appreciate the telling of a story.  Needless to say  we should always be aware of the the author’s responsibility to her audience as well as who the intended audience is.

You are to get into groups.  Individually share the most provocative passage that appealed to you from the novel.  Use your notes/annotations as reference.  Generate a list of as many significant passages as your group identifies by placing them in order according to the dramatic arc referred to as Freytag’s Pyramid.  You will find this exercise helpful if you include the page number where the passage is located in the novel.  Review with the members in your group each of the developmental steps of the dramatic arc expressed on the Freytag’s Pyramid link as well as the instructions for the individual assignment that you are responsible for turning in next class.  

Ideally this collective conversation will help you to ascertain the essential understanding of Station Eleven.  Remember that the arc’s structure revolves around the problem that the protagonist confronts in order to satisfy the reader’s understanding of suspense.