Week of August 14-18

Students were introduced to the first unit in Ninth Grade Lit/Comp.  This unit is on short stories.  The Essential Question for this unit is:  How would I recognize a short story if I saw one?  The sub question for the lesson on  Structure is:  How does structure make a short story exciting? 

Students took notes on Plot.  We read a short story by Alice Walker and studied the structural elements of the story. 

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Week of August 28-September 1

This week we have been reading, together, an adapted version of “The Red Badge of Courage” by Stephen Crane.  We also had a test on the “Episode of War” and “Willie Has Gone to the War.”

Week of August 21-25

We read “An Episode of War” by Stephen Crane and “Willie Has Gone to the War’ by George Cooper.  We explored the differences between Realism and Naturalism.  We watched a brief film based on a young girl’s diary during the Civil War. 

Grammar homework:  Subject/Verb Agreement

Week of August 14-18

Students were introduced to the first unit in American Literature B:  REALISM

The Essential Question for this period is:  How does the literature of this period reflect and shape American society?

Key terms for this period are Regionalism, Naturalism and Realism.  Students were given an overview of the mid-19th Century and the effects the Civil War had on literature.

Week of August 28-September 1

Students used class time to work on myths.  Rough drafts were turned in on Friday.  Students were asked to use the holiday week-end to continue writing.  Completed drafts are due no later than Wednesday!

Week of August 14-18

Students were introduced to the first Unit of American Lit A:  Beginnings to Colonialism.  the Essential Question for this period is:  How did colonial literature reflect and shape American culture?  We began this unit by reading several Native American Myths.  We also briefly researched symbolism in Native American traditions and how these symbols have carried on to the 21st Century.  We read “When Grizzlies Waled Upright”, “The Earth on Turtle’s Back”, the “Navajo Origin Legend”, and the Iroquois Constitution.

Here is a good site to research Native American Symbols

Week of August 21-25

Students researched Native American myths of their choice and wrote paraphrases.  They also were required to present to the class a reading of their myth and their intrepretation.  Students were introduced to a rubric for assessment.  Students were given the instructions for writing their own origin/natural phenomena myth which has a rough draft due date of September 1st.

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