The Good Earth

The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck Essential Questions: • How does Buck portray the theme of contentment vs. greed? Can wealth destroy traditional values? • What does it take to make one truly happy? • How does literature show the effects of social class and oppression? • How does the novel explore the theme of man as a part of nature? Expectations: • The novel will be completed by April 1.

• Five journal entries will be completed by April 1. • One project to be completed and presented on a scheduled date. • A novel test will be completed by April 1. Reading will be broken into sections and should be completed by April 1.Journals are due: 1. Chapters 1-7 DUE: March 4 2. Chapters 8-14 DUE: March 11 3.

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Chapters 15-21 DUE: March 18 4. Chapters 21-28 DUE: March 25 5. Chapters 28-34DUE: April 1 THE DIALECTICAL JOURNAL — The Good Earth Introduction A dialectical journal is a conversation between you and what you are reading. You simply write passages that make you think or interest you and write about your thoughts. This process is an important way to understand a piece of literature.

By writing about literature, you make your own meaning of the work in order to truly understand it.When you do this yourself, then the text belongs to you–you have made it yours. The passages are there for everyone to read; however, the connections and interpretations are uniquely yours. You are neither right nor wrong in your response.

So be willing to take risks and be honest. Objectives By doing this assignment you will: * bring your own background and experience to the reading; * construct your own meaning from the text of the novel; * provide direct feedback to yourself and your teacher on your thoughts and understanding as you read; * gain insight into the plot, action, and significance of events and details in the novel.Procedure * Journals are evaluated on the quality of your response. * Select at least one passage for every 50 pages of the book. You will have ?? entries by the end. * Select passages that YOU WANT to write about. * Write a detailed response to the passage you have chosen.

* Simply read, think, and write as much as you can. * Always be sincere about what you are saying in your writing. * If you get stuck, use the following list to help you get started. WRITE ABOUT: what you like, what you dislike, what seems confusing, what seems unusual, what you think something means, what personal connections you make, what predictions you can pose.Possible sentence lead-ins might begin like: * I really don’t understand this because. .

. * I really like/dislike this idea because. . . * This idea/event seems to be important because. .

. * I think the author is trying to say that . . . * This passage reminds me of a time in my life when . .

. * If I were (name of character), at this point I would . . . * This part doesn’t make sense because . . .

* This character reminds me of (name of person) because . . .

TITLE OF TEXT: The Good EarthAUTHOR: Pear S.Buck______________________ STUDENT NAME: Jayda Eads____________________ DATE: _______________________________ DIALECTICAL JOURNAL |Note Taking |Note Making | |(exact sentence/s or phrases from the text; page #) |(my original ideas about the significance of the text) | | |I believe that this supports the story greatly.It shows how much the | |“These two small, protective figures, sitting staidly under their |characters rely on the figurines and on the earth. This represents | |small roof—-what power they had! ” p.

41 |that their lives revolve around their land and the work they do. It | | |also shows that we have to work hard to survive in the world, | | |especially today. |“Their faces in repose were twisted, as though in anger, only it was | | |not anger.

It was the years of straining at loads too heavy for them |This line resonates with me because, for one I carry way to much | |…” pg. 121 |stuff, and also because it shows that hard work can cause brutal pain. | |But although the people who hard to work hard were always in pain, | | |they still survived and that is what matters.

| | | | |“Hunger makes a thief of any man. ” pg. |I think that this quote describes the fact that humans are desperate | | |to survive.We have a natural urge to live on, and will do anything to| | |keep moving. These means that we will steal from our friends, family, | | |and neighbors to survive. I don’t think that this is a good trait to | | |have, but I think that it’s still necessary to have a small amount of | | |primordial instinct in order to live and succeed as a race.

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