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             The Birds by Daphne du Maier

u = unit       a = assignment        s = study         d = discussion

Unit 1: Before Reading

1. u1a1 KLW Chart

     What do you know about birds and what do you want to find out? Fill in the the first two columns of the KWL Chart with your partner.

2. u1s1 Plague of Locust

     Find out what a plague of locust is with your partner.

3. u1d1 Discuss Plagues

     Answer the following in the Forum. Read the post of at least one other learner and explain why you agree or disagree with their post. Be respectful.

     What is a plague of locust? Could there be a plague of birds?

Unit 2: During Reading

1. u2s1 Read The Birds

      Read The Birds by Daphne du Maurier.

2. u2a1 Prediction and Day Timeline

     Make predictions at the beginning of each day of the story. As you move through the story, fill out the Prediction and Day Timeline with your partner.

Unit 3: After Reading

Answer the following in the Forum. Read the post of at least one other learner and explain why you agree or disagree with their post. Be respectful.

1. u3d1 Why Birds Attack

     Why do you think the birds have begun attacking and trying to kill people? Respond to at least one other learner.

2. u3d2 Animals vs. People

     Do you think that an animal population could suddenly turn against people? Respond to at least one other learner.

3. u3d3 Story Ending

      What ending do you think most readers expect? Respond to at least one other learner.

4. u3d4 Inconclusive Ending

     Why might this story have an inconclusive ending? Respond to at least one other learner.

5. u3a1 Finish KWL Chart

     Fill in the last column of the KWL chart you started with your partner. Consider what you have learned. Submit your assignment when you are finished.

Unit 4: Online Quiz:

1. u4a1 Quiz

     Take the multiple choice quiz. Be sure to fix any answers you miss.

Unit 5: Going Beyond

1. u5s1 Alfred Hitchcock

     Alfred Hitchcock filmed The Birds. Find out about him.

http://hitchcock.tv/

2. u5s2 Birds Filming

     Find out about the filming of the birds.

http://communication.utsa.edu/mbatch/3413/site3x/rboettger/birds.html

3. u5s3 Birds in Pop Culture

     Read about The Birds in Wikipedia.  Way down at the bottom are two sections called, "The Birds in Pop Culture and Trivia".  Explore how the movie affected our culture.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Birds_%28film%29

4. u5s4 Critique

     Check out this critique of The Birds: A History of Horror.

http://eric.b.olsen.tripod.com/birds.html

5. u5s5 Cast of Characters

     Meet the cast of characters in The Birds.

http://www.cas.sc.edu/socy/faculty/deflem/Hit/bhitch2.htm

6. u5s6 The Birds Are Coming

    View short video clips about The Birds. Click here

6. u5s7 The Birds Are Here

     Read this critique of The Birds. Click here

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